A budget typically is an outline of spending priorities. Where will the money be spent, and where will it come from? But in government, certainly in Wisconsin, a budget has come to be much more. Too much more. Governor Evers unveiled his two-year budget proposal this week. It is a $91 billion document and outlines the Governor’s spending priorities, calling for more money for public schools and provide money to pandemic-ravaged small businesses. But the so-called budget also includes things it should not, things that are not spending priorities, but policy matters. Evers is not alone. Wisconsin governors have done this for years. They hope to tuck proposals into the budget that they know they couldn’t get passed as an individual piece of legislation. But that is not how a state budget should look. It is fine, for example, to have a debate about legalizing marijuana in the state. But that doesn’t belong in a state budget. It should be given an up or down vote on its own merits. Same with a plan to hike the state’s minimum wage, banning the private sale of firearms, and increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco. These may be fine ideas, or at least worthy of debate. But these bills should be debated separately, and not be included as part of what is supposed to be an outline of spending plans, not policy plans.