Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently introduced his 2021 biennial budget, laying the foundation for what our state will look like over the next two years. The budget is not only a document that determines how taxpayer dollars are spent — it is a representation of our collective values and a blueprint of our shared goals. Questions over whether we should continue overinvesting in the corrections system and local police departments at the expense of public schools — or deciding to invest greater resources into special education and healthcare programs — are as much about the budget as they are about our moral principles. The budget process, although complicated and tedious, is what translates the will of the people into the work of the government, defining what we want our public officials to prioritize.
Here's a list of resources surrounding our 2021-2022 Budget Work:
- View this free, two-part Budget Training Session workshop, which was designed for experienced advocates to come together with those who are new to budget advocacy to make a collective impact on the 2021-2023 state budget.
- Blog: Breaking Down the Wisconsin State Budget: As Gov. Evers prepares to introduce Wisconsin's biennial budget proposal next month, now is the time to learn about the state budget process and find out how you can influence what's in it.
- Tools on How to Engage Directly With Your Elected Officials: This toolkit overviews a variety of different methods people can employ to actively engage and influence elected officials, from arranging meetings and garnering media attention, to effectively doing advocacy and more. Check it out, and make sure to share it with your friends and family too!