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Gov. Evers: “We did the right thing” on budget, responds to critics

MADISON (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers called the state budget he signed earlier this month a “victory” and doesn’t have any regrets, despite a former top Democrat calling it a “disaster.”

Former State Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala called Evers budget a “disaster” and said he “lost” to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

The conversation took place on a taping of “The Insiders” which also features former GOP Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen to discuss state politics weekly.

Evers shot down Chvala’s comments on a taping of WKOW’s Capital City Sunday. The program airs on WKOW and statewide at 9 a.m., July 21.

“It doesn’t make any difference what Chuck Chvala says, I think we did the exact right thing. Chvala’s ranting is notwithstanding,” said Evers.

The governor also said he doesn’t have any regrets on the current spending plan, despite calling it “insufficient.” He decided not to veto the entire budget, because he wanted to make sure school districts across the state could start planning for the fall.

“Making sure that our schools are ready to operate well and on time, and I just wasn’t convinced that vetoing the whole thing wouldn’t mean anything, I thought we’d lose on it,” said Evers.

He also called the budget a victory pointing to investments in transportation, education and health care.

“We got the Republicans to work from a higher place and a higher level to begin with. We felt we made significant steps forward, and it will help us out in the future.”

You can watch the full interview with Evers on WKOW’s Capital City Sunday. He also discusses Foxconn, his relationship with GOP leadership and his ideas for executive orders for the rest of the year.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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