While I’m pleased the governor signed most of the budget, many of his vetoes create uncertainty and hurt many Wisconsin residents. Governor Evers has the most powerful veto pen in the nation and unfortunately, he wasn’t very responsible with it.
Wisconsin’s personal care workers are in a state of crisis. As the population continues to age, these workers need to be valued and recruited. Republicans made record investments into personal care workers by increasing funds by $36.9 million, more than five times what Evers invested.
Meanwhile, Evers vetoed a provision that would have directed the Department of Workforce Development to work on attracting and retaining more personal care workers. It’s clear that while the Governor tries to take a victory lap on the Republican investment into personal care workers, he is playing politics by vetoing other policies that can help these workers.
Governor Evers also eliminated funding for job training for able-bodied adults with school-age kids. It’s a program that is successful at helping people on welfare obtain meaningful employment. Welfare programs should be a safety net, not a way of life. This training would have helped able-bodied adults obtain meaningful employment, yet Evers vetoed it because he’d rather have people on welfare than working. That's not the Wisconsin way.