April 16 marked 100 days since Tony Evers was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Wisconsin. Evers assumed the office on Jan. 7 after defeating incumbent Scott Walker in the November General Election. So far, his term has been marked with media battles with the Republican legislature. Very little legislatively has been accomplished.
By the numbers:
- Signed 20 Executive Orders
- Vetoed 1 Bill (GOP Middle Class Tax Cut)
- Signed 0 Bills to law
The first three-plus months of his term have been consumed by lawsuits relating to legislation passed in the December 2018 Extraordinary Session. The laws signed in the final days of Walker’s term gave the legislature more authority over a variety of potential actions by the Governor’s Office and Attorney General. Those cases are ongoing and both headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
We are now in the middle of the budget process for the 2019-2021 State Budget. Governor Evers introduced his version in February. The Joint Committee on Finance is holding public hearings throughout the state in April and will begin voting on items in May. The state fiscal year ends June 30, but if a budget isn’t passed by then don’t worry—the previous budget spending levels carry over until a new one is signed into law.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the term "first 100 days" during a July 24, 1933, radio address. Thirteen major laws were enacted during this period for FDR. Since then, the first 100 days of a presidential or gubernatorial term has taken on symbolic significance, and the period is considered a benchmark to measure the early success of an executive.