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Ozaukee County voters weigh in on governor/attorney general power limitations

Posted at 10:14 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 23:14:36-05

OZAUKEE COUNTY -- Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have voted to limit the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. 

Republicans pushed through protesters and held a marathon all-night session to pass the proposals early Wednesday morning. 

Ozaukee County voted two-to-one against Evers and Kaul, but no matter where you go, you'll still find plenty of people fired up over the lame-duck session.

The results from the session may have come in before most Wisconsinites were awake, but Wednesday at coffee shops across Ozaukee County, a TODAY'S TMJ4 news crew couldn't find single a person who hadn't heard the outcome. 

"I'm hoping the Republicans will keep him in check," said Tamara of Cedarburg.  

Tamara, a Republican who voted for Walker, couldn't be more pleased as the issues Evers campaigned on, including a 10-percent income tax break for those making less than $100,000 a year, will be much harder to accomplish. 

"The Wisconsin legislature is supposed to represent the people's wishes, the people that elected the Republicans," Tamara said.  

"I wish I could have gone up and protested, but of course it was a quick turnaround," said Amy Otis-Wilborn.  

Otis-Wilborn of Port Washington said she's most frustrated that this bill would stop Evers and Kaul from fulfilling promises to pull Wisconsin out of a lawsuit seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as "Obamacare."

"I think it's important that everyone has healthcare," Otis-Wilborn said.  

The bill's passage means a legislative committee would sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits rather than the attorney general. Republicans hold the majority in both the state senate and assembly. 

"They've decided, whether they're representing the people or not, that that's their agenda," Otis-Wilborn said.  

While Republicans say this saves them from a potential gas tax hike, Democrats foresee the next four years as an endless battle between two parties who claim they're ready to negotiate. 

After the election, many in southeastern Wisconsin wondered what would happen to the $4.5 billion Foxconn deal as Evers said he would like to renegotiate terms. Lawmakers say this bill means he won't really be able to because it removes his ability to place rules on how laws are interpreted. The Foxconn deal was signed into law.