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Priority Items in the 2019-20 State Budget

Based on our current legal actions and feedback from our citizen partners, MEA places a high priority on these items in the Governor's proposed budget:

  • Creation of a Bureau of Natural Resources Science and restoration of 5 full-time science positions at DNR

  • Authorization of $40M in bonding for replacement of lead service lines

  • Additional investment in the well compensation program
    An additional $800k and an increase in income limit are positive steps forward, but it is time to start holding polluters accountable and to allocate new funding to address this issue. Covering 75% of costs still leaves owners of contaminated wells with a significant financial burden.

  • $1.4M increase in funding for county conservation staff
    Another positive step forward, but because these staff are the first point of contact for many environmental issues, a total increase in funding $3.4M is needed. County conservation staff will help implement new manure spreading restrictions in eastern Wisconsin and will spearhead other actions intended to protect drinking water. 

  • $150k to identify and prioritize PFAS-contaminated sites; $50k for a survey of PFAS-containing firefighting foam use
    A public health solution also requires effective remediation and other steps once contaminated sites are identified.

  • $425k per year for 5 additional positions to regulate concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)

  • Funding for depth-to-bedrock mapping to help identify areas susceptible to groundwater contamination

  • Statutory goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy produced by 2050

  • Creation of an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy within the Department of Administration

  • Reauthorization of the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program at $70M for 10 years