GOP leg­is­la­ture weak­ens ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

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.

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