Assembly Floor

Local legislators react to Gov. Evers' State of the State Address


MADISON (WLUK) -- From creating task forces on college debt and rural resources to helping dairy farms and redistricting, Governor Tony Evers touched on a variety of topics in his second State of the State address.

Lawmakers from Northeast Wisconsin say they are optimistic about working together on most of the issues that were discussed.

The one topic where there appears to be a clear line is redistricting.

The redistricting let's face it, that's going to be done by the courts this time around," said State Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Allouez) "I challenge someone to say exactly what they did in Northeast Wisconsin in the past to make it a bad situation. I think the seats are fair up there."

"He mentioned throughout the state there's been resolutions that have supported reforming this," said State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), Assembly Minority Leader. "We're at the end of the decade, when we redraw these things let's get it right to make sure we're doing the public's work, not just politicians' work."

The other hot topic of the night was a special legislative session Evers wants held next week for a package of bills to help dairy farmers.

Republicans say it sounds nice but they want more details.

"They (farmers) have been trying to have their voices heard by this administration," said State. Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), the Senate President. "They didn't get that with the former Ag designee Brad Pfaff which is why the Senate moved in a different direction. We know it's important. I've been working with them and if the governor, if we take him at his word, if he wants to listen to the actual men and women on the ground in the dairy business, there's a lot that we can do."

One thing some of our local Republicans noted was the speech was much shorter than they expected.

Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly.

"We'll see where things go from here," said State Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere). "Certainly there was a partisan tone to a number of comments but that wasn't to be unexpected."

Evers says he believes he introduced plenty of priorities they should be eager to work on.

"The governor talks a really nice game about working together, a lot of golly goshs and things like that, but at the same time taking a lot of partisan hits on Republicans and conservatives throughout the state so a little disappointing in that regard just because the rhetoric he is trying to put forward doesn't match what is actually taking place," said State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette).

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