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As I See It

No debate, no hearings, just no, no, no



Wisconsin’s democratic governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature are so far apart on just about every issue, Gov. Tony Evers could offer 500 ideas, and lawmakers would say no to each and every one of them. In fact, that’s what happened this week, when once again our lawmakers ripped up the state budget Evers proposed, just as they have in past sessions. With one single vote, Republicans who control the legislature eliminated 545 proposals that were contained in the Governor’s budget proposal. They include things like creating a paid family leave program, the legalization of marijuana and the expansion of Medicaid. With one vote, and with no debate, lawmakers pulled all these items from the budget and will start creating their own budget document. Not only was there no public hearing on any single one of these issues, there will be no more debate about them. Under procedural rule, democrats are prevented from even bringing these items up for debate again as part of the budget discussion. That includes the tax cuts Evers proposed, a cap on insulin co-pay, and money to promote mental health in our schools, ideas popular among voters. We should be debating all these issues, and holding separate votes on each, not wiping out 500 ideas with one single vote.

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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  1. Richard

    May 4, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Well if the governor would be reasonable maybe things would get done, most of the governor’s proposal are ridiculous which is usual for democrats

  2. nick

    May 4, 2023 at 9:50 am

    I have to respectfully disagree with the other writer. As anyone should know by now, I am hard on both major political parties.
    The Republican party in this state is a disgrace. the exact opposite of a lot of the states with large urban populations where the Democratic party is disgrace.
    We are the reason why this is has happened.

  3. Joseph

    May 4, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Taxation without representation is tyranny ! Wisconsinites are not being represented . The controlling party in this state does not want to respect the wishes of their constituents.

    • Roxy

      May 6, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      You Joseph are absolutely correct!

  4. Paula

    May 4, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with Richard’s comment 100%.

  5. Kent Porter

    May 8, 2023 at 5:43 am

    Democrats did the same thing when they were the Majority

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