Wisconsin Assembly to vote on $100 million for mental health

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Meeting is scheduled to vote on a Republican-authored invoice that will require Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to spend $100 million in COVID-19 aid funding on psychological well being packages in faculties.

The measure up for approval Tuesday faces an almost sure veto from Evers. He has already vetoed two related payments that will direct how he spends COVID-19 funding from the federal authorities that’s at present left to the discretion of the governor handy out.

Evers’ spokeswoman Britt Cudaback mentioned when the invoice was launched earlier this month that Republicans have been “playing politics” as a substitute of creating significant investments in Wisconsin faculties and youngsters.

Evers proposed a $53.5 million enhance in psychological well being funding for faculties in his two-year state finances, however Republicans reduce that to a $19 million enhance.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will almost certainly veto the invoice.
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Invoice sponsor, Rep. Jon Plumer, of Lodi, mentioned the invoice was designed to handle psychological well being wants of scholars who’ve been struggling all through the pandemic.

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Nobody was registered in opposition to the invoice. Backers embody the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Legislation and Liberty, the Wisconsin Council of Non secular and Impartial Faculties and the Institute for Reforming Authorities.

The measure must cross each the Meeting and Senate and be signed by Evers earlier than turning into legislation.