Dear Mr. August,
I consistently hear from residents how they would like to see the politcal parties work together to improve their lives and how they don’t feel heard; that those in power (in particular you) don’t listen to them. And what you are doing right now with this “extraordinary session” is the perfect example not listening.
You work for the public, not your party, high dollar donors, or PACs – the PEOPLE of this wonderful state are your employers. The voters resoundingly elected Democrats to every statewide office on November 6th. Wisconsin residents made it clear they want to see positive change and bipartisan work.
This anti-democracy legislation would never have been proposed if Walker had won. Because, if it was just and right, it would have been proposed and passed during an actual session, not an emergency session after an election.
We both know this is true, because on 10/27/18 when you were asked by the Kenosha Journal Times “do you believe the governor has too much authority” you stated "I believe the Legislature has done much to create a strong system of checks and balances between the branches of government."
You are abusing your power; instead of writing/supporting policies for the good of the state; policies that would be relevant regardless of the party in power; you are writing/supporting policies to specifically give your committees and the legislature more authority (power).
This is not how the three branches of government are supposed to work – the Wisconsin Constitution created a separation of powers of the three branches in which other branches are NOT to intrude. You and the legislature are currently intruding and you know it.
Changes should be made because they are the right thing to do, because they are long-lasting changes needed for a sustainable government, not because one party is upset with the outcome of an election.
Clearly Wisconsin residents want change; not the same policies of the last eight years; that is why they voted for a new Governor and a new Attorney General. Respect the voters.
The unprecedented gutting of the power of the Attorney General, the adding and rearranging of council appointments, and the complex provisions that will virtually tie every state agency into bureaucratic knots will make it almost impossible for most of them to do their jobs effectively. You claim to want less government yet these bills make more government and make an ineffective government.
Under these bills, the power to defend the state in lawsuits, and the power of the executive branch agencies to enforce laws and rules will be shifted wholesale to the legislature, especially your soon-to-be be almost omnipotent Joint Committee on Finance. You (the legislature) are not supposed to be the executive branch; our state constitution specifically designated three separate branches that are to balance each other. You are taking away the balancing and it is appalling.
Additionally, the changes to the presidential primary date (AB1071) and the limiting of absentee voting is unacceptable, and a clear attempt to squash voter rights. In addition to just being wrong, you are wasting taxpayer money to do this. I thought you wanted to decrease our taxes?
This is a low point for Wisconsin state government. Attempting to cripple the authority of the incoming administration is exactly the type of self-serving politics the Wisconsin people rejected in November. Stop destroying our constitutional checks and balances for your (the legislature's) own selfish gain.
Instead of trying to steal power, how about you propose bills that align with your campaign promises to improve access to affordable health care (which is the opposite of AB1072 & AB1073), protect pre-existing conditions for EVERYONE (no loopholes i.e. 63 day exceptions), strengthen our public schools, and fix our roads (opposite of AB1069 & AB1072). We the people expect our state leaders to work together to carry out a smooth transition.
Respect my vote and the vote of many of your other constituents. I look forward to your prompt reply to my concerns.
Katherineserve the people of Wisconsin.3