MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday passed a Republican copyright bill that would require Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to spend $ 100 million in COVID-19 relief funding for mental health programs in schools.
The measure approved on a 60-38 party line with all Republicans in support and Democrats against faces an almost certain veto from Evers. He has already vetoed two similar bills that would guide how he would spend the federal government’s COVID-19 funding that is currently at the discretion of the governor.
Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback said when the bill was introduced earlier this month that Republicans were “playing politics” instead of making significant investments in schools and children across the country. Wisconsin.
Evers proposed a $ 53.5 million increase in mental health funding for schools in its two-year state budget, but Republicans cut it to $ 19 million.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Jon Plumer, of Lodi, said the measure was designed to address the mental health needs of students who have suffered throughout the pandemic.
No one was against the bill. Funders include the Wisconsin Conservative Institute for Law and Freedom, the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, and the Institute for Government Reform.
The measure is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by Evers before it becomes law.