MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers
says Wisconsin could join a multistate lawsuit challenging
President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to pay for a
U.S.-Mexico border wall.
California and 15 other states
are parties to a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleging the
declaration is unconstitutional.
Evers said in an interview
Tuesday at the Marquette University Law School that he was
"exploring" joining the lawsuit, saying people
understand there is no national emergency.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh
Kaul, a Democrat like Evers, condemned Trump's declaration.
Kaul says it is a blatant
attempt to circumvent constitutional checks and balances and
fully expects the courts will block it.
Kaul says if federal funds
meant for Wisconsin are diverted as a result of the
declaration the state Department of Justice would take the
"appropriate action." He didn't say what that might
MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Tony
Evers says he won't seek to eliminate or phase out
taxpayer-funded school vouchers in his first state budget.
Evers said Tuesday he will aim
to provide "more accountability and transparency"
within the state's private school voucher programs. But that
would not include a proposal to phase out vouchers.
The new Democratic governor
said he instead supports including on property tax bills how
much each taxpayer is spending on vouchers for private school
students living in their school district.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reports Evers said during an appearance at Marquette
University "that's not an anti-voucher issue, that's just
a transparency issue."
Evers said during his campaign
he would work with the Legislature to phase vouchers out , but
did not pledge to do so in his first budget.
MADISON — A bipartisan
proposal backed by AARP would create a $1,000 income tax
credit for family members in Wisconsin who give care to
qualified disabled and elderly people in their homes.
The measure was unveiled
Tuesday after a similar bill died last session.
Republican Sen. Patrick Testin
says the $173 million cost was one reason why the proposal
stalled last session. But he says that cost doesn't take into
account potential savings to Medicaid that caring for people
at home longer provides
AARP lobbyist Helen Marks Dicks
also says she expects the estimated cost of the tax credit to
be less than before.
Also on Tuesday, Gov. Tony
Evers announced the creation of a task force on caregiving to
look at finding ways to attract and retain a strong care
workforce, improve the quality of caregiving and look at
strategies to support families.