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Even when our politicians agree, they still can’t get things done

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Even when democrats and republicans agree on something, politics can still get in the way of progress. That is the case in Madison, where members of both parties are fighting over funding to prevent homelessness. The $3.5 million was set aside in the budget signed into law by Governor Tony Evers. The money would be used to provide housing grants and loans and to help fund homeless shelters. Members of both parties seem to agree that is money well spent. But the money has not been released, even as the temperature drops. So, Evers sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee, asking them to meet this week to release the money. He got a rather chilly reception. Even though state law allows the Governor to call the committee to meet, co-chair Alberta Darling doesn’t like being told what to do. She responded to the Governor warning that such “unprecedented action by your administration will have a chilling effect on our ability to work together. This makes no sense. Support is there for releasing the money. The money has been set aside. The weather is getting colder. This should be a no-brainer. Instead, pride and politics continues to get in the way of Wisconsin simply helping the state’s most vulnerable stay warm.

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