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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers rolled out another budget initiative while in Milwaukee Thursday. He says he’ll include $28 million for a range of women’s health care issues when he delivers his budget address next week.

Evers says part of the money would go toward restoring funding for Planned Parenthood. Republicans who control the Legislature will likely oppose the idea.

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Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican tax bill Wednesday. The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last week, would have funded a middle-class income tax cut using surplus funds from the current state budget.

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include legalizing medical marijuana, along with decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Evers says possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less should be decriminalized.  

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Gov. Tony Evers wants to increase state special education funding by $600 million. The dramatic proposal follows a decade of flat state funding, despite rising costs to serve students with disabilities.

Right now, the main state support for special education only covers about a quarter of school districts’ costs. It’s up to local districts to make up the difference.

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New Democratic Gov. Tony Evers promised on the campaign trail to provide a middle class tax cut. Republicans who control the legislature have the same goal, but getting there may be an ordeal.

The state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would tap a budget surplus to pay for a $340 million annual tax cut for single and joint filers. The measure goes to the state Senate on Wednesday, but if the GOP proposal is approved Evers might reject it, as he has a different approach in mind.

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Dentists and community health care groups are debating a plan from Gov. Tony Evers to improve access to dental care in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday due to severe winter weather.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said he will not withdraw from the federal, multi-state lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. This comes after new Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made headlines Tuesday night during his State of the State address, saying he was directing Kaul to withdraw from the ACA lawsuit. 

But on Wednesday, the state’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau said Evers could not make such a demand. Then, Evers changed his tune saying he didn’t order the attorney general to withdraw from the suit, after all. 

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Newly inaugurated Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Tony Evers used his first State of the State address to push his agenda on education, health care, transportation and the economy.

He said the state has work to do and pointed out several areas that he wants the state to do better. Evers noted, for instance, that the health of a state’s economy is not only measured by its unemployment rate but also by the number of people who work forty hours each week and are still in poverty.

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New Gov. Tony Evers is expected to outline portions of his agenda Tuesday night when he delivers his first State of the State address. Observers are eager to hear what the Democrat will say. 

READ: Evers Delivers His First State Of The State Address

UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee predicts the speech won't be very flashy. Rather, Lee says that Evers is likely to push the issues that he championed during his campaign.

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Gov. Tony Evers has been making a series of stops around the state, focusing on topics that were part of his campaign. Monday he was in Milwaukee, where he talked up workforce development and entrepreneurship. The governor's first stop was at the Wisconsin Regional Training Program/Bigstep organization located on 38th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. 

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At Tony Evers’ inauguration last week, he repeated one of his central promises: that he would invest more in public education.

“We talked about what’s best for our kids is best for our state,” Evers said. “And that means we need to fully fund our public schools at every level.”

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New Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling for Democrats and Republicans to work together. He made the comment during his inauguration Monday. Thousands of people packed into the State Capitol to witness the start of a new era.

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Democrat Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor on Monday. Evers ousted now former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Evers says he’s ready to get to work but acknowledges there will be challenges.

He says the November election proved one thing: Wisconsinites are ready for change. And that change is now on its way, he adds.

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Gov.-elect Tony Evers has named five more Cabinet appointees, most of whom would face sizable policy challenges in Southeastern Wisconsin. 

Evers has promised to try to expand federal Medicaid funding in Wisconsin, a move that could help cover thousands of more low-income people in the Milwaukee area. He says he also wants to help those with pre-existing medical conditions maintain their insurance coverage.

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