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Assembly GOP Leaders Send Governor Meeting Request

Republican leaders seek bipartisan discussions to safely reopen the state

The leaders of the Wisconsin State Assembly late Friday sent Governor Evers a letter requesting a meeting to discuss a unified, bipartisan approach to the state’s coronavirus pandemic response.

“In these times of crisis, we understand how difficult decisions like these are -- but we are all in this together. That’s why it is our hope that we can begin direct conversations with you as soon as possible,” the leaders stated in their letter.

Assembly Republicans are looking to discuss reopening Wisconsin’s economy in a safe, targeted and regional way. This request follows a roughly seven hour informational meeting held by the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, chaired by Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander). The hearing provided an opportunity for lawmakers and the public to hear from small business owners and industry leaders about how the Safer at Home order is impacting their lives and livelihoods. The committee also explored safe reopening options including the “Back to Business” plan from the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. As a part of their letter, the leaders provided a summary of the hearing to the governor to help provide a foundation for future discussions.

“Right now, business owners are seeking any kind of guidance, clarity or timeline. Without any level of certainty, people are beginning to lose hope. With no end of the shutdown in the foreseeable future, there is a realistic chance that many businesses will close for good.”

The GOP leaders of the Assembly are requesting to meet with the governor early next week.

“We look forward to working with you, your administration, health experts and business leaders to help make a better tomorrow for all of Wisconsin,” the leaders stated.