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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ 2023–25 budget proposal includes allocating $273,900 and $310,000 for fiscal years 2024 and 2025, respectively, to establish “Wisconsin For All” initiatives that “promote and advance equity across state government and state programs.” 

Some of those funds would pay for a cabinet-level chief equity officer in the Office of the Secretary of Administration. Other funds would pay for a diversity, equity and inclusion conference, a fellowship and a “Governor’s progress summit.”

The budget proposal also calls for the creation of chief equity officers in 18 state agencies and commissions. 

Evers’ 2021–23 budget proposal included hiring a cabinet-level chief equity officer, but the Legislature cut it from the budget. Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota all have chief equity or diversity officers, TMJ4 found.

Right-leaning Wisconsin groups have criticized the equity proposals in the budget for being “tight-lipped on specifics” and “highly disfavored under the law.”

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Wisconsin Department of Administration: State of Wisconsin 2023-25 Executive Budget

Wisconsin Department of Administration: 2023–2025 budget in brief

TMJ4 News: Gov. Evers wants to hire a Chief Equity Officer, needs lawmaker approval

Wisconsin State Legislature: 2021 Wisconsin Act 58: 2021–2023 Executive Budget WILL budget briefing: A deep dive into Governor Evers’ 2023- 25 budget Governor Tony Evers’ proposed 2023-2025 budget: What you need to know and what you might have missed

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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.