If you turn on the evening news you might assume that your elected leaders cannot agree on anything. While there are certain issues that leave us divided, there are far more that unite us.
At the end of the last legislative session much of the discussion focused on the record number of vetoes Governor Evers issued in the previous session and there were many. However, despite the 127 bills that fell victim to the governor’s veto pen, plenty were signed into law and many of them even had bipartisan support.
For example, this last session I had seven bills signed into law and each one received bipartisan support. Many of my Republican colleagues had similar success receiving support from colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Even the Republican authored state budget received bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature. Overall, 267 bills became law and all but three received bipartisan support over the last legislative session.
The media likes to portray division and hostility in American politics because it’s more appealing than bipartisan bills that simply keep basic government programs running for another two years. But at the end of the day, bipartisanship is more common than we are led to believe.