GOP legislature weakens executive powers
The GOP-led Wisconsin legislature passed bills in the wee hours Wednesday that scale back the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, both Democrats.
It’s now up to Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican who lost to Mr. Evers, to decide whether to sign the lame-duck measures into law.
Among other changes, the bills give Republicans more power over a state jobs agency and limit early voting in the state to no more than two weeks — a change that Democrats opposed.
They also make it harder for Mr. Evers and Mr. Kaul to fulfill health care promises they made during their winning campaigns.
One bill ensures that state officials implement a federal waiver requiring adults older than 50 who don’t have a child to work as a condition of Medicaid benefits, so Mr. Evers doesn’t try to walk away from the waiver Mr. Walker secured from the Trump administration.
Any effort to withdraw from a multistate lawsuit against Obamacare would need legislative approval from committee Republicans, effectively thwarting the retreat.