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This tug of war is getting us nowhere



It is hard to make progress when everyone is pulling in different directions. We see that in Wisconsin, where Republicans who control the Legislature and the Democrat Governor can’t seem to work together. It started when Governor Tony Evers presented lawmakers with his state budget proposal. Republicans tore it up and wrote their own budget, much of which the Governor vetoed with his powerful pen. Evers suggested a $1 billion proposal for childcare funding and money for the UW system. Lawmakers rejected that and proposed a tax cut as a way to offset childcare costs. Governor Evers then promptly vetoed the Republican plan. Twice. Our elected officials seem unwilling to work together. Members of the two parties barely even talk to one another. We have seen no action on multiple issues because there just doesn’t seem to be a willingness to compromise. Because legislators can’t agree on the Governor’s plan to cut taxes, and the Governor can’t agree to their plan, no one is getting a tax cut, despite the state surplus. Its like a giant tug of war. And the losers are the hard-working people of Wisconsin.

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. Tom

    December 5, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Yep. Elect a Republican Governor and end the tug-of-war.

    • Miah

      December 5, 2023 at 11:55 am

      No, dump all illegitimate gerrymandering Republicans next election!

    • Miah

      December 5, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      End Gerrymandering amd elect a new assembly that doesn’t ignore and obstruct the will of the bipartisan supermajority of the state.

  2. Roy

    December 5, 2023 at 8:43 am

    It could be that Evers’ vetoes of the widely-debated bills that Republicans, who hold wide majorities passed are a deliberate attempt by the Governor to stonewall until the new liberal majority Supreme Court starts making rulings.

    For example, if the current voting districts laws are thrown out by Judge Janet and her cohorts, a much more liberal Assembly and Senate might be elected, enabling Evers or any Democrat successor to Governor to greatly shift Wisconsin’s direction towards the sewer that governs Illinois.

    Not the time to be pleading “Can’t We All Just Get Along”, Scott.

    • Miah

      December 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm

      It’s called ending gerrymandering and restoring our voting rights by getting rid of the Republicans’ RIGGED maps. Then we will restore women’s rights, end cannabis prohibition and move Wisconsin forward again.

    • Miah

      December 5, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      Ending gerrymandering will be the best thing ever for Wisconsin. Then the people won’t be ignored and obstructed by Republicans anymore and instead our voting rights and reproductive rights will be restored and we will finally be able to honor the will of the bipartisan supermajority of the state that supports medicaid expansion and ending cannabis prohibition. Once Republicans rigged maps are thrown out,so will they!

  3. Miah

    December 5, 2023 at 11:54 am

    It’s long past the time for Wisconsinites to dump all the illegitimate gerrymandering Republican obstructionists who IGNORE the bipartisan supermajority of Wisconsinites on issue after issue, from cannabis reform, to reproductive rights, to ending gerrymandering and restoring our voting rights etc etc…

    • Roy

      December 6, 2023 at 10:38 am

      Judge Janet couldn’t have said it better. Now, go blow dope.

  4. walden

    December 6, 2023 at 12:09 am

    Don’t forget Gov Evers vetoed a bill that would have eliminated income tax for most seniors.

  5. Miah

    December 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Sad that a site would only allow far right comments but not any others. You wonder why Wisconsin is so corrupt and backwards. Look no further than yourselves!

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