WI Gov. Tony Evers gives first State of the State address

Newly-elected Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers addresses the state Tuesday night with criticism, encouragement and hopefulness.

“The state of our state is that we have work to do and we’re ready for bipartisan solutions,” said Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Evers kicked-off his first State of the State by thanking everyone in attendance, then began criticizing the direction his predecessor, Republican Scott Walker, had taken the state regarding education, incarceration and the environment.

Evers also called for more bipartisan efforts in the state legislature, hoping to improve education, health care and environmental protections.

“We are a state that once cultivated new technology, from typewriters to automobiles. We’ve lead the nation in innovation. But today we are a state that’s behind in broadband expansion, and we trail the country in startups and small business creation,” said Governor Evers.

Republican legislators remained seated for much of Evers’s speech, only standing as he called for tax cuts for those making below $100,000.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos responded to the Governor’s speech saying his party will stand their ground on many of Evers’s proposals, but would like to find common ground in other areas.

“We all want what’s best for Wisconsin, regardless of party. So let’s do a better job listening to one another and understanding each other’s perspectives,” said Speaker Vos.

Evers will present his state budget proposal with another speech in February.

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