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Evers Signs State Budget into Law
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/09/2021

Gov. Tony Evers has approved the 2021-23 biennial budget on Thursday. Among many things, the package provides $129 million in funding for broadband infrustructure improvements and $200,000 in each of the next two years for cooperative feasibility studies provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation.

"The budget that Governor Evers signed today continues to prioritize investments in agriculture to move our state forward by supporting processor innovation and expansion, increased export and marketing opportunities, and enhanced conservation assistance," said State Agriculture Secretary Randy Romanski. "The bipartisan budget strengthens our state's economy through substantial funding increases in broadband and additional transportation infrastructure like local roads, harbors and freight."

According to an analysis by the Madison-based Cooperative Network, the budget provides the following provisions:

WI Dept. of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection

$2 million in funding for DATCP producer-led watershed grants
$5 million over five years for promotion of agricultural exports program
$400,000 in funding for a newly created meat processor grant program
Funding and position authorization for four additional state meat inspectors
$400,000 in funding for dairy processor grants
Farmer mental health funding of $100,000 per year
Maintain funding for agriculture non-point program

Department of Transportation

Two percent increase in general transportation aids
$100 million in Local Roads Improvement Program funding for local government projects
$15.3 million in new bonding for Harbor Assistance Program
$20 million for the Freight Rail Preservation Program

Department of Natural Resources

$2 million in funding for well compensation and abandonment grants
$7 million for Soil and Water Resource Management Program
Maintain funding for agriculture non-point program

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