Evers and Republicans meet again to discuss virus response

Gov. Evers issues $5.1 million-plus in funding to help seniors get where they need to go

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has met with Republican legislative leaders for the second time in two weeks to discuss proposals to address the pandemic.

The meeting Tuesday came as the state reported a new daily record high in deaths due to the virus.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says Republicans have “serious concerns” about increasing spending to address the virus but would be open to spending surpluses from the medical assistance program.

Also on Tuesday, the state Department of Corrections said it was closing part of the maximum security Waupun Correctional Institution and transferring inmates to other facilities because of staffing shortfalls exacerbated by the pandemic.