Lawmakers react to Gov. Evers’ State of the State

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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers will deliver his second State of the State speech Wednesday night.

Here’s what Wisconsin lawmakers are saying:

Robin Vos (R-Rochester): “It’s disappointing that Governor Evers would rather pose for holy pictures than actually work with the legislature. His speech tonight was more about politics than anything else. Governor Evers is finally acknowledging the needs of rural Wisconsin. He has basically ignored our rural areas his entire term up to this point with an agenda focused on Madison and Milwaukee.”

Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg): “Wisconsin continues on the right path thanks to the work of Legislative Republicans.  In his speech tonight, Governor Evers articulated a vision that may resonate in Madison and Milwaukee, but falls well short of the values and priorities of my constituents.  The Governor plans to spend too much, tax too much and increase the size of state government at the expense of hard working Wisconsinites.”

Representative Barbara Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc): “I am focused on issues that bring people together unlike the governor who seems to focus only on Madison and Milwaukee,” said Rep. Dittrich. “Our state’s progress will not be hindered by a liberal governor who ignores rural Wisconsin, wants to expand welfare and increases spending. We cannot merely solve our state’s challenges by throwing more money at them. I am always ready to do the hard work of exploring positive solutions.”

All On The Line State Director Elizabeth Treviño: “With the 2021 redistricting process right around the corner, Governor Tony Evers has taken an important step toward equal representation and truly fair maps for Wisconsin. For the past decade, the people of Wisconsin have been forced to vote in some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. These districts protect those in power while failing to give the people adequate representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and our state legislature. All On The Line wholeheartedly supports his call to create a non-partisan redistricting committee that will give all Wisconsinites a real voice in how their home districts are drawn.”

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen: “We appreciate the Governor’s continued commitment to champion affordable, high-quality public universities here in Wisconsin. As the state’s primary magnet for developing, attracting, and retaining talent, we believe the Governor shares our belief that the UW System can provide solutions to Wisconsin’s most pressing needs.”

Senator Jon Erpenbach: “While we made great strides this past year under Governor Evers’ leadership, there is still a lot more to do,” said Senator Erpenbach. “We are ready to reach across the aisle on vital issues, such as addressing homelessness, ensuring access to affordable health care, and making sure our economy works for everyone. Wisconsinites expect their representatives to show up for them, their families, and our communities. We are ready to get to work.”

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee): “It was refreshing to hear Governor Evers’ State of the State address.  In his address, he outlined the successes and challenges faced in his first year as governor as well as his plans for the immediate future.  I applaud Governor Evers for creating a Task Force on Student Debt.  Because of looming student debt, millennials and other young adults are struggling to purchase homes and support families.  I hope the task force will tackle the issues of predatory lending by for-profit colleges and other abusive practices to protect Wisconsinites struggling with student loan debt.  As a person with substantial student loan debt, I understand the frustration that comes from having loans balloon with compounding interest. Young adults are stifled because of the debt and are having to wait longer to make significant purchases and start families which was not the case for prior generations. Student debt should not be a life sentence but for many in our state it is.”

Representative Shelia Stubbs: “Governor Evers discussed his Executive Orders #1 and #59 which affirm diversity, inclusion, respect, and dignity for Wisconsin workers and communities. Governor Evers is committed to creating access to equal opportunities for all Wisconsinites.”

Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse): “My Democratic colleagues and I remain committed to working with Gov. Evers to advance bold solutions and ensure Wisconsin is a place where the next generation wants to live, work, and raise a family.”

Representative Dave Considine (D-Baraboo): “In Governor Evers’ speech, I heard calls to action on important issues like agriculture and homelessness and so much more. I am hopeful that all of us in the Legislature can get to work and do the job we were elected to do. I look forward to hearing and passing bills to bolster our agricultural communities and aid our homeless.”

Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh): “Tonight, Governor Evers laid out a clear vision for Wisconsin’s future. He highlighted the opportunities we have as a state, and what we can accomplish in the remainder of the legislative session,” Rep. Hintz stated. “His agenda focuses on the issues that matter to Wisconsin families – health care costs, public education, and an economy that works for everyone. As the governor pointed out in his speech, these should be easy, bipartisan wins because they affect every legislative district in the state.”

State Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison): “The Governor made it clear tonight that he and Democrats in the Legislature want to work together with Republicans on issues important to Wisconsin. We can find common ground on capping insulin prices, closing the dark store tax loophole, preventing youth vaping, and addressing homelessness – and this is just the start. I stand with Governor Evers when he says it is time to set politics aside and to work together to move our state forward.”

Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee): “Governor Evers demonstrated again tonight why citizens across Wisconsin elected him to lead our State. He continues to move our State in the right direction as legislative Republicans continue to try to keep up. Tonight the Governor highlighted that there is more work to do. I am proud to support the coming efforts on rural economic development and non-partisan redistricting. And, as always, I will continue to work in the legislature on issues I am passionate about, including reform to our juvenile and adult corrections systems in Wisconsin. It has been 671 days since every legislator voted to close Lincoln Hills and institute ‘The Wisconsin Model’ for juvenile corrections. As of tonight not one shovel has been put into the ground and not one juvenile moved into a new, more effective facility closer to home. It’s time to fulfill the promise we made almost two years ago. I stand with Governor Evers in getting the job done. It’s time to get to work.”