It may be a new year, but things remain much the same in Madison. Our state legislature has continued the trend of ignoring the Governor’s call for action. Governor Tony Evers called the legislature into a special session to take up unemployment reform. After the pandemic hit, Wisconsin’s unemployment claims became backlogged, and there has been plenty of finger-pointing over who is to blame. Evers asked legislators to agree to spend more than $5 million to update the state’s outdated unemployment system, which continues to struggle to process claims. He called them into special session, and this week, the Legislature opened the meeting, then immediately adjourned while taking no action. They didn’t tweak the Governor’s plan, or come up with their own. They simply punted. This is becoming a disturbing trend. Evers has called the legislature into special session seven times since taking office, on important issues such as gun control, racial justice and the pandemic. Not once did that call for a special session lead to any legislation to address the problem. That is not leadership. That is an abdication of duty. Our lawmakers need to get back to work, and stop with the political theatre.