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Evers signs Wisconsin budget with 78 partial vetoes

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:50:41-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has made 78 partial vetoes to the state budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Evers signed the budget Wednesday, ignoring pleas from some liberals who wanted the new Democratic governor to reject the entire two-year spending plan.

Evers says he considered doing that, but decided it would be petty and divisive and wouldn't recognize the good elements of the budget.

Instead, Evers took a more moderate approach, using his broad veto powers to increase the proposed funding for K-12 schools by $87 million. He also eliminated a provision benefiting electric car manufacturer Tesla that was a late addition to the budget.

Republicans had urged Evers to sign the $82 billion budget, which they cast as a compromise. Republicans don't have the votes to override his vetoes.

AP-WF-07-03-19 1617GMT