Wisconsin Governor Evers included 28 clean energy provisions in his proposed 2021-23 Budget Bill. Among them are recommendations to expand Focus on Energy, invest in the clean energy workforce, and advance Wisconsin’s electric vehicle infrastructure. Rise Up Midwest partner, RENEW Wisconsin, is in support of these provisions.
Four listening sessions have been announced for the Budget Bill where you can attend, learn about, and voice your support of the Governor’s Budget Bill. The JFC public hearings all begin at 10:00 a.m. in the following locations and dates:
- Friday, April 9, 2021, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
- Wednesday, April 21, 2021, The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
- Thursday, April 22, 2021, UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
- Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Virtual
Due to the expected crowd size, session speakers. both virtual and in-person, will be given two minutes to speak. To submit more in-depth comments, the committee created a web portal for citizens to provide input. Alternatively, you can submit comments via JFC’s dedicated email address for comments: budget.comments@
Please visit the JFC public hearing website for more information on the public hearings, and important things to note.
While the JFC process is important, it does have its limitations. RENEW Wisconsin urges that the most effective thing Wisconsinites can do to support the clean energy Budget proposals is to speak directly with your state legislators, especially if they are a member of the Joint Finance Committee or in the Senate or Assembly
Every legislator has a vote and can influence what is included in the final Budget package. Make your legislators understand that clean energy issues are a priority for you!
If you have any questions or find out that your legislators are especially supportive or opposed to the clean energy proposals, please tell Jim Boullion, RENEW Wisconsin’s Director of Government Affairs, jim@renewwisconsin.
To learn more about Wisconsin Clean Energy policy that RENEW Wisconsin supports, visit www.renewwisconsin.org.
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