Assembly Republicans call homework letter condescending

Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Top Republicans in the state Assembly are calling Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' letter assigning them the "homework" of passing a host of bills condescending.

Evers sent Republican lawmakers a letter on Thursday assigning them homework that includes passing bills that would cap the cost of insulin, closing a loophole that allows retail stores to pay reduced property taxes and create new standards for PFAS chemicals.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke blasted the letter as condescending Wednesday. Vos said threatening to send lawmakers to the principal's office doesn't help build relationships.

"If the government were my teacher perhaps I would consider when they assigned homework. It would be something I would pay attention to. But the condescending tone Governor Evers chose to deliver that letter with probably means it went in the waste basket of the teacher's office," Vos said.