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Where is the alternative plan for reopening Wisconsin?

Scott Robert Shaw

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It is easy to say no to something. It takes more work to come up with a better plan. And so far, Wisconsin’s legislative leaders have yet to do so. Republicans have chosen to go to court to try to stop the extension of Governor Evers’ safer-at-home order until May 26. They have petitioned the state Supreme Court to hear the case. They claim they weren’t consulted before the Governor issued his extension order, and that he lacks the authority to do so without their input. While it is clear they don’t like the Governor’s plan, what isn’t clear is what plan they do prefer. The party has yet to embrace a plan for how best to reopen the state. Until yesterday, they hadn’t even held a single hearing on the issue. But if the Supreme Court rules against Evers, the legislature would have to come up with a plan. If they don’t and the court rules against Evers, the state would have no Covid-19 response plan in place. Then things could get messy. Individual Wisconsin counties would be free to make up their own rules, which could be dramatically different from one county to the next. If our legislative leaders are so upset with Evers’ approach, instead of just saying no to him, they better start telling us what plan they can support.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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