Reading Time: < 1 minute

Wisconsin Watch partners with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. Read our methodology to learn how we check claims.


Wisconsin Republicans oppose defunding the police, going as far as passing a 2021 bill — vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers — that would have reduced state funding to municipalities that cut police funding.

In 2019, Republican state senators rejected a contract that would have given most Wisconsin State Patrol troopers a 2% pay increase over objections that it slighted existing troopers by boosting starting trooper salaries by 20%. But in 2020 and 2022, the GOP-run Legislature approved hefty raises for the troopers of 9.9% and 8.5% respectively. 

Evers has accused Republicans of indirectly reducing police funding by blocking increases in state-funded shared revenue in his 2021-23 budget. Municipalities use shared revenue to pay for core services including public safety. Shared revenue has remained flat since 2013, while local spending on public safety has increased from $2.2 billion in 2001 to $3.6 billion in 2019, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.


AP News: Evers OKs use-of-force bill, vetoes plan to defund cities

AP News: GOP to reject proposed Wisconsin state troopers pay raise

Wisconsin Department of Transportation: Statement on new State Patrol contract

AP News: Evers proposes increase into local funding for public safety

State of Wisconsin: Shared revenue payments and local government public safety expenditures

Creative Commons License

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license.

Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.