MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to attempt its first veto overrides in 11 years, targeting three partial budget vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers.
The Republican-controlled Assembly plans to vote on the veto overrides on Thursday. Republicans haven’t enough votes to pass them without Democratic support.
Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says no Democrats will support the overrides. But Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke says he is “hopeful” and has his “fingers crossed” that Democrats can be persuaded.
The Senate would also have to override the vetoes and Republicans in that chamber haven’t got enough votes there, either.
Evers’ vetoes killed $15 million in funding to set up a northern Wisconsin regional crisis center and blocked $5 million a year for doctors who care for people in state health-care programs. The third one gave the Evers administration more leeway in how it spends $500,000 set aside to increase the number of health-care providers in Wisconsin.