Evers 'exploring' Wisconsin joining lawsuit against Trump

Feb. 20, 2019

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 entail.

Evers won't seek to phase out vouchers in 1st budget plan

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.

Tax credit bill for family caregivers in Wisconsin released

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.


Associated Press