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Evers Calls for the Budget

By John Forester | June 28, 2019

From WisPolitics.com …

An hour after Tony Evers called for lawmakers to send him the budget, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the “worst thing, I think, in the world” would be if the guv vetoed the entire thing.

GOP lawmakers yesterday touted their version of the budget in a pair of news conferences, arguing it delivered on the guv’s priorities but in a more measured way.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he expected some partial vetoes. But he and fellow GOP lawmakers issued a warning to the guv if he vetoed the entire budget — something that hasn’t happened since the state went to its current appropriation process in 1931. Doing so, they argued, would threaten the additional funding they approved for K-12 education, higher wages for prison guards and more money for the justice system, among other things.

“My word to him is sign the bill, because your schools and especially our children in the state of Wisconsin are depending on it,” added Sen. Luther Olsen, a member of the Finance Committee and chair of the Education Committee.

Ahead of the GOP news conferences, Evers tweeted that he had called for the Assembly to send him the budget once it is enrolled. Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton, signed the budget today, while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is expected to do so tomorrow. Both have to happen before the budget can be sent to Evers.

Once he receives it, Evers will have to act within six days, not including Sundays. Leg Council said that deadline isn’t impacted by the July 4 holiday, meaning Evers will have to act on the document by July 5 if he receives it today.

His office has said repeatedly in recent weeks he will wait to see the final language that emerges from the Legislature before making a decision.

Wednesday night, Evers vowed via Twitter “that the will of the people is the law of the land, and that’s what will be on my mind as I review the Legislature’s changes to our budget.”

Yesterday he followed, “I’m ready for the legislature to send me the budget. This morning I called for the Assembly to send me the biennial budget bill as soon as it is enrolled.”

Fitzgerald said he has pressed the guv in each of their meetings not to veto the entire document.

“At the end of the day it’s going to be very difficult to pull this back together and pull this process back together to kind of build something that he would find acceptable,” Fitzgerald said.

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