Evers says he’s listening to the people, not GOP lawmakers

Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 12:14 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he hasn’t met with Republican legislative leaders to discuss his $91 billion state budget proposal because he’s listening to what the people of Wisconsin want.

Evers went on to recommend that GOP lawmakers should do the same.

Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget committee are expected to vote as soon as next week to remove many of Evers’ priorities, such as expanding Medicaid and legalizing recreational marijuana, as they begin to create the next budget.

Evers joined with Democrats at a Thursday news conference outside of a Madison elementary school to tout his budget plan.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) responded to Evers assertion by contending that his party was listening to the people and that the governor was trying to cut the Legislature out of the process, while fellow Republican and Senate Maj. Leader Devin LeMahieu said he was willing to meet with Evers to discuss the budget.

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