Republicans approve spending $36M opioid settlement money but again shut down PFAS talks

By Laura Schulte | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 7, 2024

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"Republicans on the state's powerful budget committee approved their own plan for how to spend money received from opioid settlements and again refused to take up funding for addressing PFAS in a meeting Tuesday.

Debate focused on how the state would spend its third disbursement of funding from the opioid settlements — $36 million in fiscal year 2025. The committee members reviewed a proposal from the Department of Health Services, keeping some suggestions while changing others.

The agency spending plan released in April emphasized educating young people about the danger of opioids and supporting the family and friends of those struggling with addiction, proposals that were denied in previous legislative sessions."