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Eric Litke
By Eric Litke January 28, 2020

Evers moves forward with rural issues commission

After another brutal year for rural Wisconsin, leading the nation in farm bankruptcies, Gov. Tony Evers is moving forward on a 2018 campaign promise to find help.

Evers promised to convene a "blue ribbon commission" to advance agricultural and economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin.

In his Jan. 22, 2020, State of the State address, Evers announced a special session of the Legislature to address rural communities and an Office of Rural Prosperity to help farmers navigate state programs and resources. He also announced a Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity to "develop long-term strategies on how we can best support the needs of rural Wisconsinites and rural communities."

The governor followed up the next day with an executive order formally creating the commission, which will be attached to the state Department of Administration.

Keeping this promise would mean a panel that meets and generates a report or some kind of action. For now, we rate it In the Works.

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Eric Litke
By Eric Litke October 15, 2019

No progress yet on agricultural board

While campaigning for governor, Tony Evers pledged to "convene a blue-ribbon commission to advance agriculture and economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin."

In the year since, rural Wisconsin has continued to struggle, with the U.S.-China trade war causing particular problems for farmers, especially the state's dairy industry. Farm loan delinquencies have hit record highs this year.

But Evers has yet to take action on this promised committee, which can be created by executive order and doesn't require approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Keeping this promise would mean convening the committee, holding regular meetings and ultimately taking action or making a report. We haven't yet hit the starting line.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said to look for progress on this in the coming months.

For now, we rate this promise Stalled.

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