Skip to Content

Conservative group files lawsuit challenging Evers’ veto pen

MADISON (WKOW) — A conservative group filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Evers’ veto power, which could impact the state budget.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) asked Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to dramatically reduce the governor’s partial veto authority.

“We have several items passed by the legislature have been transformed magically into something else by the clever use of a veto pen,” said Rick Esenberg, president of WILL.

The lawsuit aims to overturn four of Evers’ partial vetoes arguing he “unlawfully” used his powers to create new laws in the state budget without the approval of the legislature. This attempt doesn’t challenge Evers’ powers, but instead how he used them. 

Governor Evers was not surprised by the move and said it’s another attempt by Republicans to gain more control.

“We’re getting used to this, it’s no surprise, but frankly we have to move on,” said Evers. “We had an election we had a budget — it was signed and deliberated by Democrats and Republicans. I’m ready to move on, apparently, they’re not.”

Esenberg argued this is not a political attack on Governor Evers, instead, they want this rule to apply to all future governors too.

It’s up to the state’s supreme court if they want to take the case. Republicans could also vote to override Evers’ vetoes but they have yet to do so because they would need Democratic support.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

Skip to content