In the weirdest timeline of events in Madison so far in the current environment of a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature, the Republicans totally refused to endorse any part of the governor’s plan for state building projects…despite their support for a number of them…including the Lincoln Hills replacement that they endorsed before Governor Evers even took office.
The Republican members — Swearingen ( Rep. Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander ), Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam, Sen. Patrick Testin of Stevens Point and Sen. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon — approved the building projects through committee votes earlier this week but wouldn’t endorse them during the full commission meeting on Wednesday.
The lawmakers voted against recommending funding for projects they support, including replacing the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls with smaller regional facilities and funding for a cancer research facility at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
A shrug of incredulity has been induced!