On Thursday, Republicans unveiled a local government funding plan at press conferences across the state. The proposal devotes 20% of state sales tax revenues to local governments or approximately $1.5 billion. Every local government will see at least a 10% increase in their shared revenue.
More than $500 million in new money will go towards innovation and public safety. Here's the breakdown:
- $300 million Innovation Fund to encourage efficiencies, cost savings, and consolidation
- $227 million for law enforcement, fire, EMS, public works, and transportation
- Three-year pilot program
- The state will provide a financial incentive if local governments come together and provide a service more efficiently
- Allows local units of government who contract with private or non-profit entities to provide services and recognize savings to qualify for innovation fund payments
PUBLIC SAFETY FUND
- Triples funding for existing grants to local governments to upgrade their 911 systems
- Provides significant increases for EMS providers to go towards ambulances, equipment, and durable medical supplies
- Doubles the state reimbursement funds for officer training costs
- Ensures law enforcement services are maintained and not subject to cut
This is the single largest investment in local governments in the history of Wisconsin!