Supreme Court Hears Arguments About Legislative Powers

Supreme Court Hears Arguments About Legislative Powers

Wisconsin’s liberal-majority supreme court is questioning just how much power the state legislature has.

The court heard oral arguments yesterday in a case brought by Governor Tony Evers. The governor wants the court to limit the power of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. He says the Republican-controlled committee went beyond its power when it moved to hold-back pay raises for UW employees. The governor says the JFC is infringing on his executive powers. But liberal Justice Jill Karofsky said if the court does what the governor wants, the legislature’s power as a co-equal branch of government would all but disappear. There’s no word when the court will issue its decision.

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