Evers veto power challenged by lawsuit from conservative group

Evers veto power challenged by lawsuit from conservative group

A conservative law firm is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of lawmakers through partial budget vetoes.

If successful, the move would reverse more than four decades of precedent.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of three taxpayers. It is the most aggressive challenge yet to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers 78 partial vetoes to the state budget that the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in late June.

WILL SUES EVERS AT WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT OVER BUDGET VETOEShttps://t.co/s5VnAweCOR pic.twitter.com/7tAvzRoDVY

— WILL (@WILawLiberty) July 31, 2019

It seeks to overturn four of Evers’ partial vetoes, arguing that he improperly and unlawfully used his broad constitutional powers to create new laws never approved by the Legislature.

In a news release, the group claims the vetoes to which it objects include a partial veto that turned a school busing grant into a $10 million program for electric vehicle charging stations, and another that changed a fund for improving local roads into a grant program they believe would be “virtually unrestricted.”

But a favorable ruling would limit future governors’ veto powers as well.

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