Evers declares 2023 ‘the year of mental health’ in State of the State

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday in his annual State of the State address…

Evers declares 2023 ‘the year of mental health’ in State of the State
Evers declares 2023 ‘the year of mental health’ in State of the State

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday in his annual State of the State address that he will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for mental health services for Wisconsinites, particularly for children who have spent the last three years navigating the coronavirus pandemic — declaring 2023 “the year of mental health.”

In a primetime televised speech, Evers pledged to work with Republican lawmakers to provide more tax relief and increased funding for local government services, and called for billions in new funding for classrooms and programs aimed at recruiting more teachers.

“We also know that if we want to get our kids caught up and achieving at their highest potential, then we need to reduce and keep class sizes small. Schools need resources to retain experienced educators and recruit new, talented folks to join our classrooms,” Evers said Tuesday in a speech delivered inside the Assembly chamber of the Wisconsin State Capitol. “We also have work to do to get our kids caught up from the past few years. We all want to improve outcomes and ensure our kids are prepared for success. And I believe that together we will.”