Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

But since he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Tony Evers, Republicans have pushed the last-minute effort to shift some of that executive branch power to the Legislature.

Michigan Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer high-fives Lt. Gov. -elect Garlin Gilchrist II during their post-election news conference in Detroit, Nov. 7, 2018. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrat incumbent. Robert Cowles, voting against it, around sunrise.

Republicans disputed criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general.

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Evers said he plans to make a personal appeal to his defeated rival to veto the legislation that would strip the new administration of some powers.

In one concession, Republicans backed away from giving the Legislature the power to sidestep the attorney general and appoint their own attorney when state laws are challenged in court.

"We're seeing more and more public policy issues being addressed in the courts, rather than exclusively in the legislative branch", he said.

Republicans said it is a coincidence. "We need to have a balance".

Among the bills that have advanced so far during the lame-duck session are ones which create a campaign finance commission, give the legislature the ability to intervene in lawsuits, and rollback a previously-approved increase in the minimum wage and paid-sick-leave mandate. "If you vote for this, shame on you, you will go down in history as a disgrace", Hintz said.

People protest the legislature's extraordinary session during the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Capitol in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Among the changes the legislation will enact is requiring the governor to get permission from the legislature before asking for changes in programs that are run jointly by the state and federal governments.

Bridge magazine reports that a member of the State Board of Education has said they will sue if the board is approved. The bills could also make it harder for Evers to renegotiate a $3 billion subsidy for a Foxconn electronics manufacturing facility, a deal spearheaded by Walker. Hamilton posed. "Well, sure the state legislature can use their lawful authority granted them by the state constitution to do what they believe is right; however, it's pretty plain to me that if this had been in reverse - in terms of political party affiliations - then you'd have lots of people on the Republican side of the aisle very upset at this particular maneuver". "I stand with the people of Wisconsin, and we will be taking any steps necessary to prevent power-hungry politicians from overriding the will of the people". If he can not persuade the governor to veto the proposals, Evers said he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice". Republicans hold a 12-4 majority on that committee, reported WPR. That move is created to block Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers from allowing the incoming attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

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