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Gov. plans to fight GOP proposal to limit veto powers

MADISON (WKOW) — A Republican proposal to limit Governor Evers veto powers won’t pass without a fight from the Governor’s office.

Governor Evers said on a taping of WKOW’s Capital City Sunday that he will fight the proposal as he expects it to reach Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. 

“I think changing something… that other governors have done in the past seems to be a stretch,” he said. 

Republican lawmakers want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending. Evers did veto a portion of the state budget to boost K-12 education funding by an additional $65 million.

“I get that politics, is politics, but I think people of Wisconsin are really kind of tired of it,” said Evers.

Republicans plan to file a constitutional amendment but the proposal must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. Last week, Evers spokeswoman called the idea a “temper tantrum” and called GOP leaders “sore losers.”

This proposal comes after Republicans passed several laws to limit executive powers of the governor and attorney general during a lame-duck session last year. 

The governor was called his relationship with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald “okay.”

“We haven’t met much recently, because we’re finishing up with the budget, but I have no ominous towards in any of them,” he said. “It’s just the politics of what’s going on in this state and this nation, frankly, suck.”

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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