Evers throws a meeting, Republicans don’t show up

Gov. Tony Evers

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called a meeting, but Republicans didn’t show.

The unusual spectacle Thursday was the latest sign of dysfunction in the Wisconsin Statehouse. Evers called a meeting of the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee to release $3.7 million in funding to combat homelessness in Wisconsin.

He invoked a power rarely, if ever, used by governors to call the legislative committee into session to deal with a specific type of funding request. But the Republicans who control the panel had said they wouldn’t show up. And they didn’t. The would-be meeting ended after about 15 minutes with no votes because there was no quorum.

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