It is not a bad idea to buy local. I just don’t really understand why it would take state action and state money for a local school or a local business to buy local. It seems that they could do that perfectly well themselves.
Evers signed two executive orders shortly after the address, creating a new committee specialized for the issue, and calling lawmakers to the Capitol next week to take action on the $8.5 million package of bills.
Notably among the plans are funding efforts to increase dairy exports, not only across the country, but locally, with funding for farm-to-table and farm-to-school programs.
On Thursday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes spoke on what these efforts might look like for the La Crosse area.
“This is what the people are calling for,” Barnes said. “People feel comfortable spending their dollars locally, but we want to be able to make that as simple a process as possible.”
The programs and funding would help local farmers partner with area businesses to get healthier, closer products to tables and schools.