Tony Evers says the Wisconsin GOP is trying to 'cling to power'

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Incoming governor Tony Evers is calling on Republicans who control the state Legislature to "stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor's office" before he takes over in January.

Evers issued a statement Thursday, the day after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he'd be open to limiting Evers' power. Senate Republicans were meeting privately Thursday to discuss the issue.

Evers calls it a "desperate attempt to cling to power."

Republicans have not been specific about what they would consider changing.

Evers calls it a "complete violation of the separation of powers in our system." He says he is committed to working together with both Democrats and Republicans on issues including health care, education, infrastructure and other priorities.

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As Gov.-elect Tony Evers moves ahead with his transition into office, Republican senators were meeting privately to discuss ways to limit his power as governor.

Republicans are returning with majorities in both the Senate and Assembly, while Evers and Democrats will control all the constitutional offices, including attorney general.

Senate Republicans planned to elect their leaders Monday and then meet privately to discuss a planned lame duck session either later this month or December.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he's open to the Legislature scaling back the governor's power during that session. It will be their last chance to enact law changes under Gov. Scott Walker before he leaves office in January.

The session is supposed to be focused on a tax break bill for Kimberly-Clark Corp.

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