Op­pos­ing view: Skip the out­rage. We’re do­ing our job.

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS | OPINION - Robin J. Vos Robin J. Vos is speaker of the Wis­con­sin State Assem­bly.

The first act of every elected of­fi­cial is to take the oath of of­fice and swear to up­hold the law. So it’s trou­bling that af­ter be­ing elected gov­er­nor of Wis­con­sin, Tony Evers’ first prom­ise was to un­der­mine a state law that re­quires wel­fare re­cip­i­ents to work.

Even though he didn’t cam­paign on it, Mr. Evers wants to end the Med­i­caid work re­quire­ment. Wis­con­sin law­mak­ers put the pa­ram­e­ters for the fed­eral waiver in the 2015-17 state bud­get. It’s just one of the rea­sons the Wis­con­sin leg­is­la­ture went into an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion this week.

Every gov­er­nor has to im­ple­ment the state statutes and not just the ones they like. Mr. Evers can’t erase cur­rent law by the stroke of his pen or through po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver­ings. He must work to find com­mon ground with the leg­is­la­ture, the branch that ac­tu­ally makes the laws.

The pro­pos­als in the ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion are not as shock­ing as the news me­dia por­tray them. A ma­jor­ity were al­ready pro­posed, part of the state bud- get, ad­min­is­tra­tive rules or state law that re­flected a court de­ci­sion or fed­eral law. Wis­con­sin law­mak­ers cod­i­fied the ad­min­is­tra­tive rules for Voter ID, fed­eral health waivers, an in­come tax rate re­duc­tion and work­force train­ing grants. We even cod­i­fied the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tive rule process.

While Evers sup­port­ers and the me­dia are in full out­rage mode, it must be un­der­stood that Wis­con­sin chose di­vided gov­ern­ment. The vot­ers re­elected a strong GOP ma­jor­ity in both leg­isla­tive cham­bers, and we will con­tinue to be a voice for our con­stituents.

The leg­is­la­tion from the ses­sion sim­ply re­in­forces the roles of our state gov­ern­ment. If Mr. Evers wants to change law, he can’t do it alone; he must get leg­isla­tive ap­proval first.

A di­vided gov­ern­ment works only when peo­ple work to­gether, and ev­ery­one must have an equal seat at the ta­ble. Wis­con­sin’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion al­lows the ta­ble to be set for the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

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