Madison, WI – State Representative Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) released the following statement:

“Following the extension of the Safer at Home order until May 26th, I am publically asking Governor Evers to lift more restrictions and put forth a prescriptive plan to reopen the state for business. We have witnessed success in flattening the curve and our cases are far below DHS’ model projections.

“On Tuesday’s extraordinary session, minority leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) delivered a speech on the floor where he said, ‘I know you guys think that sixty days is going to end and you know maybe everything is going to open up again or it will be back to freedom, but I’m not sure we’re going to want that or be ready for that or if it’s the best thing for our state or our economy.’

“I vehemently object to Rep. Hintz’s comments. I’m ready for our freedom and so are my constituents.

“The governor gave his Safer at Home order, as allowed under state statute, and what we are seeing now is little transparency and capricious and arbitrary decision-making involving our businesses and livable spaces.

“The governor has failed and is continuing to fail to lead and work with our legislature to set metrics that will protect our businesses and our economy. In the governor’s latest press conference he stated we need more testing, but he did not provide any benchmarks that would guide his decision-making. We need to transition in a responsible way back to normal life immediately. There should not be a one size fits all approach. Local leaders know their communities best and they should be emboldened to act on behalf of their constituents.”

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