Gov. Evers to host 6 virtual Badger Bounceback Live Sessions with focus on economic recovery

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Governor Tony Evers announced a series of virtual Badger Bounceback Live Sessions Monday, March 8, that will provide opportunities for Wisconsinites to discuss and provide feedback on the governor's agenda as the 2021-23 budget moves through the legislative process.

“Our Badger Bounceback agenda is all about making sure our state can bounce back from COVID-19 better than we were before this pandemic hit,” said Gov. Evers. “But as I said during my budget message, and as has been the case since before I took office, I'm not going to make decisions about you without you. These Badger Bounceback Live Sessions are key opportunities to listen and learn from the people of our state in hopes that we can pass a bold, bipartisan budget that will address the urgent challenges facing our state so we can bounce back from this crisis.” 

The governor's office says the listening sessions involve "facilitated, smaller group discussions that allow participating Wisconsinites to engage in conversation and dialogue with other Wisconsinites who share or have different perspectives on an issue while Gov. Evers, members of the Evers Administration, and other state and local elected leaders have the opportunity to listen." 

The Badger Bounceback Live Session schedule can be found below. Those interested in participating can RSVP on the governor's website, here

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Economic Recovery & Opportunity 
Thurs., March 18, 2021, at 6 p.m.
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on Economic Recovery & Opportunity will cover topics such as ensuring our economy can recover and bounce back from this pandemic, including investing in and support small businesses, kickstarting innovation and startups, ensuring tax fairness and providing tax relief for Wisconsin’s working families, and investing in our agricultural economy and rural prosperity. 
Badger Bounceback Live Session on Accessible & Affordable Healthcare 
Thurs., March 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.  
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on Healthcare will cover topics such as expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare, protecting people who have pre-existing conditions, investing in mental health services, Medicaid/BadgerCare expansion, caregiving, and long-term care for aging and older adults and folks with disabilities. 
Badger Bounceback Live Session on Transportation & Infrastructure 
Tues., March 30, 2021, at 6 p.m.  
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on Transportation & Infrastructure will cover topics such as investments in transportation and infrastructure, fixing our roads and bridges, investing in transit and transportation alternatives, expanding access to broadband, and supporting local communities and government. 
Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids 
Thurs., April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.  
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids will cover topics such as ensuring every kid has access to a high-quality, public education, providing mental health supports for students at schools, special education reimbursement rates, expanding access to early childhood education and childcare, and investing in our higher education institutions. 
Badger Bounceback Live Session on Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization 
Wed., April 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.  
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization will cover topics such as addressing racial disparities in our justice system, legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, investing in treatment, rehabilitation, and other alternatives to incarceration, and programming to support safe community reentry. 
Badger Bounceback Live Session on Climate Change & Our Environment 
Wed., April 21, 2021, at  6 p.m.  
The Badger Bounceback Live Session on Climate Change & Our Environment will cover topics such as investing in stewardship and making public lands more accessible, addressing lead poisoning prevention, keeping our water clean, addressing climate change and the climate crisis, and protecting our state’s natural resources. 

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