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Wisconsin Republicans reject funding to fight homelessness

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Posted at 1:20 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 19:11:40-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans have voted to reject more than $70 million in funding to combat homelessness, a move that Democrats called a missed opportunity to address a problem that worsened due to the pandemic.

Gov. Tony Evers had proposed spending around $73 million over two years on a variety of initiatives designed to help homeless people, including more affordable housing.

The Republican-controlled budget committee voted 12-4 along party lines Thursday to increase funding for a housing assistance program by just $1.2 million over two years.

But the panel turned down spending about $70 million more than Evers and advocates for the homeless had wanted.

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