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La Crosse should start making plans, since state lawmakers won’t

Scott Robert Shaw

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Will Wisconsin reopen for business before May 26? That is the date when Wisconsin’s safer-at-home order is currently set to expire. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court could speed up the process.  The state’s highest court heard arguments this week that the Governor Tony Evers administration did not have the authority to make that declaration independently. We don’t know when, or how the court will rule. But it is controlled by conservatives, and the line of questioning during Tuesday’s hearing suggested that some members of the high court have questions about the validity of the extension of the order until after Memorial Day. If the order is overturned, then what? So far, the legislature has not adopted a formal plan for how and when the state should be allowed to reopen. So it would fall to individual counties to determine when their stores, bars and restaurants should reopen. Milwaukee County is already in talks over what its plans should look like. La Crosse and other southwest Wisconsin counties would be wise to come up with some plans of their own, because there is no reason so far to believe our state legislature has any plans of its own, other than to try to shoot down the Governor’s plan.

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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    William Feehan, Jr.

    May 7, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Yes the legislature has a plan. They had hearings last week. It is going to look a lot like the WMC model which considers things on a regional basis, factors hospital bed availability, local infection rates and has three different levels of operational requirements for businesses. Look for a ruling by Friday that will give the governor and legislator next week to continue trying to agree on the plan. The big sticking point right now is the Governor wants a one size fits all approach for the whole state and Republicans want a regional approach.

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