MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov.-elect Tony Evers will have to find about $1.1 billion to give state agencies all they requested to pay for schools, prisons, Medicaid and other government operations over the next two years.
That’s according to a new report from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.
The report released Tuesday analyzes state agencies’ budget requests and revises revenue estimates for the current year and the next two. Evers will be charged with submitting a balanced budget for the next two years.
The report says that giving agencies all they had asked for, and assuming the state will raise $2.1 billion worth of additional tax dollars through June 2021, will leave the state nearly $1.1 billion short.
Evers is under no obligation to fulfill agencies’ budget requests. What’s more, the state’s revenue estimates could change and other unexpected expenses could worsen the prospects.