Capitol Notes: Powers Of The Governor Take Center Stage In Madison

Oct 21, 2019

The unprecedented powers of the Wisconsin governor went under a microscope last week. The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear a case seeking to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to use partial budget vetoes to change the intent of the Legislature. 

The conservative group Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought the case, which seeks to overturn a handful of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' budget vetoes this year. The group argues that Evers unlawfully used partial vetoes to give public schools $65 million more than what the Republican-controlled Legislature had approved in the budget. Conservatives control the court 5-2, and the court agreed to take the case directly, without it going through the lower courts.  

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com how he thinks the case will turn out.