Governor’s People’s Budget Listening Sessions: How to Participate

Southeastern-facing view of Devil’s Lake State Park at sunset.

Join Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Barnes for a public listening sessions on the Governor’s 2021-23 Budget. This is our chance to tell Governor Evers how to fund programs and positions that increase multi-modal transportation support, make sound land use planning a priority, and confront the climate crisis – all the while, making racial justice a main focus in addressing each of the issues 1000 Friends cares about.

The Governor is taking input from all Wisconsinites before he puts together his budget, which will eventually be sent to the Legislature in early 2021. Now is the time to make our voices heard!

Virtual Public Listening Schedule

  • Budget Listening Session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy
    • Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.
    • The event will be streamed live at ​
  • Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform*
    • Tuesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
    • Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.
  • Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education*
    • Wednesday, December 16 at 6 p.m.
    • Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.
*Although these listening sessions are focused on different topics, you can still comment on transportation, land use, and environmental issues during any of the listening sessions.
If you are unable to make one of the listening sessions, written comments are also accepted. Written comments can be made by following this link. ​

What to Recommend

  • Transportation
    • Do not fund the I-94 highway expansion project in Milwaukee. Instead, use the funds to repair existing local roads and bridges.
    • Increase funding for Wisconsin’s public transit systems by at least $50M per year to help meet current and future needs.
    • Increase state funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) by $10 million/biennium. The TAP program is the only funding available to Wisconsin communities for bike and pedestrian infrastructure so the budget must prioritize protecting it!
  • Planning
    • Provide more funding to support comprehensive planning with both grants and staff time to assist local communities.
  • Natural Resources
    • Propose the permanent re-authorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (KNSP). Stewardship funding is only guaranteed until the end of this budget. Visit the Team Knowles Nelson web page for KNSP conservation data and infographics on how to make the case to renew KNSP for another 10 years.