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Wisconsin lawmaker praises colleagues for doing little



Leave it to the politicians to pat themselves on the back for doing nothing. The 2023 session of the Wisconsin Legislature was, by all accounts, rather unproductive. They adjourned for the year, but left many bills on the table for future legislatures to sort out. But that didn’t stop the Majority Leader of the Wisconsin Senate, Devin LaMahieu, from using his weekly radio address to congratulate the Wisconsin Legislature on a job well done. He even called it a “productive session.” I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is true, Republican legislators and the Democrat Governor did get some things done. They agreed to provide more money for public education and expanding the state’s school choice program. They changed the shared revenue formula to provide more money to cities and towns. And they agreed to toss hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to a ballpark renovation to keep the Brewers in Milwaukee. But much was left undone, like returning the state’s multi-billion dollar surplus to taxpayers, or allowing Wisconsin clerks to process absentee ballots earlier. Instead, our elected officials chose to walk away from their jobs, leaving many important issues on the table when they adjourned for the rest of 2024. Only a politician would have the guts to call that productive.

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. Mitey Mite

    March 15, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Apparently WIZM is unaware the GOP legislature tried a dozen different ways to “return the state’s multi-billion dollar surplus to taxpayers.” For example, sitting on Gov’s desk is a bill to eliminate income tax for most seniors, to head off a flight by retirees to no-tax states. Maybe the Gov should sign it.

    We know the Gov has no intention of “returning…the surplus to taxpayers”…instead he wants to spend it on advancing a Progessive sick social agenda.

    Hats off to the legislature for being willing to take the heat from the cheap seats.

  2. Roy

    March 15, 2024 at 4:10 pm

    Tony Evers is still the old state school superintendent he always was, coming from principal at Tomah High school where he fought with the Monroe County Republicans on the school board. He probably never got over that.
    Even with the current huge majority of Republicans in the Assembly and Senate, Evers ignores their legislation and has vetoed more bills than any previous Wisconsin Governor.
    For that, Evers should be thought of as an obstructionist to what the majority of Wisconsin people, through their elected representatives, want.
    We could have a tidy refund for taxpayers with the overtaxed wad sitting in the Treasury, but Tony has it stashed for his dream day of a Democrat majority in the Assembly or Senate

  3. R head

    March 16, 2024 at 8:59 am

    Why go to Madison the make laws when dumb ass Evers vetoed almost all of what they passed it a waste of time. Evers needs to just hang out with the teachers union.

  4. nick

    March 16, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    I have said this before and wrote to the Republican Party of Wisconsin that taking care of the pfas situation was immoral.
    Having said that, the Republican legislature stops this state from becoming a mini California.
    Progressive policies ruined California have caused a 60,000,000,000 deficit. The top 1% pay over 50% of the taxes.
    Now in desperation, they are passing a blatantly unconstitutional law taxing people if they want to leave.
    Taking a page from , Biden ignore the Supreme Court and forgive student loans making CHUMPS out of parents and students who paid for college.

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