3 things to watch for during tonight’s ‘State of the State’

Gov. Evers to speak before Assembly, Senate Jan. 22

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Tony Evers will deliver his second ‘State of the State’ speech at the Wisconsin Capitol tonight.

The governor hopes to put a contentious first year with the state legislature behind him as he looks ahead to 2020.

Here are three things we’ll be watching for during tonight’s address:

1. Gov. Evers will tout his first year as a success.

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Evers said his administration’s policies improved roads, supported kids and schools, and expanded access to health care.

He ended that post saying, “We’re going to hit the ground running in 2020.”

2. Republicans in the Assembly and Senate will push back.

The speech comes at a contentious time for Evers, a Democrat, and Republican leaders.

Last month, Senate President Roger Roth and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asked Evers to address “warning signs on the horizon” in his speech. Those include, according to Roth and Vos, an unemployment rate that has ticked up during Evers’ first year in office and the challenges facing employers to find “qualified workers.”

3. Evers will push for more to get done this year, despite a limited schedule.

Lawmakers plan to be in session very few days before adjourning for the year, decreasing the chances much will get done.

Previously, Evers had asked the legislature to pass a series of measures, much of which have bipartisan support.

Tonight’s speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Our Amy Reid will be leading News 3 Now coverage of the ‘State of the State’ at the Capitol tonight and will have a recap of the speech on News 3 Now at 10 p.m. and here, on www.channel3000.com.