Governor Evers vetoed a record-smashing 126 bills this session. The previous record was 90 and had stood for almost a century. Wisconsinites need to be aware what reforms Governor Evers was vetoing as he made history.
After COVID had receded, Republicans requested a plan for when state employees would return to taxpayer funded office buildings. We passed bills to stop state and county bureaucrats from unilaterally ordering a vaccine mandate or shuttering houses of worship. All of these bills were vetoed.
The Republican Legislature passed a series of bills dealing with education. We codified a parental bill of rights. We required the posting of school district curriculum materials online. We removed the caps on school choice so families could pick the best school for their children. All of these bills were vetoed.
The Republican Legislature passed bills to prevent the defunding of local police, increase penalties for rioting and deal with coordinated mob theft rings. All of these bills were vetoed.
The Republican Legislature passed bills to prevent individuals who don’t search for work or skip scheduled job interviews from continuing to collect unemployment benefits during our labor shortage.
The Republican Legislature even passed a bipartisan bill to ensure more frequent reading assessments in school to identify children who are falling behind to give them extra help. You guessed it, all of these bills were vetoed.
Governor Evers’ record-breaking veto explosion means dozens of great policies and reforms are not the law today. Wisconsinites should remember what wasn’t accomplished this session and why.