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How The Wisconsin Governor's Powerful Veto Pen Works

The Wisconsin governor has one of the most powerful veto pens in the country.

The Republican-crafted state budget is in the hands of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Both houses of the Legislature approved the two-year spending plan this week, after the GOP stripped Evers' major policy proposals, and made other big changes.  

Evers can sign the GOP budget, veto it or alter it with his "line-item" veto power.  The office of Wisconsin governor is said to have one of the most powerful veto pens in the country.  That power has survived court challenges.  

UW-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee, a former legislator, talked to WUWM's Marti MIkkelson about how the line-item veto power works.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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