"The state of our state is that we've got work to do, and we're ready for bipartisan solutions," Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday night in front of Assembly and Senate members in Madison. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Evers called for lawmakers to work together even as the Republican-controlled Legislature opposes many of his proposals.
Assembly Minority Leader Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is waiting to see how bipartisan the governor's budget proposal will be. Much of the theme at the state Capitol Tuesday focused on bipartisanship. Evers spoke for about 30 minutes, and during that time he did receive applause from both sides of the aisle. But on more controversial proposals Republicans were dead silent.
That divisiveness was evident the moment Governor Evers announced he directed the state attorney general to withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit seeking repeal of the federal health care law, despite Republicans last month passing a lame-duck law requiring legislative approval to do so.
Attorney General Josh Kaul said he will "take action consistent with the law."
Other issues did draw more of a consensus, especially when it came to highway funding and more money for public schools.