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State Rep. Jill Billings on Gov. Evers special session, White House visit, legal weed



FILE - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (middle) talks with La Crosse Schools Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Engel (right) and state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings (left) on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at Northside Elementary in La Crosse. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings joined La Crosse Talk PM on Tuesday to discuss the news that Gov. Tony Evers is calling a special session for a number of things, including a funding plan for child care centers, as well as what the state might do with its $4 billion budget surplus.

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Billings was also invited to the White House to discuss the same matter. So, we asked her if she’s talked with US House Rep. Derrick Van Orden about getting federal legislation passed in terms of childcare.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin is still sitting on a $4 billion budget surplus, going on 18 months now. How should that money be spent? In those same regards, we talked about UW-Oshkosh being $18 million in debt and where UW-La Crosse sits.

UW funding was also part of Evers special session. But will Republicans actually debate or gavel in and out in seconds like they’ve done 11 other times?

Other topics including what the state should be doing in terms of gun reform — Should there be laws on ghost guns? — and does Billings support legalized marijuana?

Oh, and Billings also let us know if she’ll be running again in 2024.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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