Evers pushes back on Republicans’ plans curb power

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Gov.-elect Tony Evers moves ahead with his transition into office, Republican senators were meeting privately to discuss ways to limit his power as governor.

Evers responded Thursday by cautioning Republicans on those efforts.

“Let me be clear: the Republicans and Speaker Vos should stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the power of the governor’s office in Wisconsin before I take the oath,” Evers said.

“There is a lot of common ground we can find,” he wrote. “But I will not tolerate desperate antics to cling to power and violate the checks and balances of Wisconsin Government.”

Republicans are returning with majorities in both the Senate and Assembly, while Evers and Democrats will control all the constitutional offices, including attorney general.

Senate Republicans planned to elect their leaders Monday and then meet privately to discuss a planned lame duck session either later this month or December.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s open to the Legislature scaling back the governor’s power during that session. It will be their last chance to enact law changes under Gov. Scott Walker before he leaves office in January.

The session is supposed to be focused on a tax break bill for Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Voss sent out a statement Thursday afternoon regarding his comments:

“Wisconsin chose a divided government which may result in a slower process.  The state constitution clearly delineates the powers between the branches of government. The legislature appropriates funds, writes laws and approves administrative rules. Our goal is to ensure our constitutional authority is reiterated and enforced.

“Governor-elect Evers made a generous offer to work together so he should not have a problem with the legislation that may be considered. The reforms are intended to keep both sides at the table to reach a consensus.”

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