“This was not just a purely partisan move. I think it was petty and not in the service of the state of Wisconsin who made their decision,” said Mayor Jim Paine of Superior.
Paine said he’s deeply disappointed by what’s happening in Madison, and while not everyone is happy with the results of the mid-term election, we have to learn to get along.
“To slow down government really does hurt everyday people. I understand that the policy process–the legislative process–is a slow one. It should be. But to actually act on behalf of citizens–that’s what the governor is for,” said Paine.
Paine said issues like the future of Wisconsin’s Economic Development Corporation, and the state’s current lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act are issues that specifically affect Northwest Wisconsin.
And he’s not the only one around here that feels that way.
“There was over 1,400 people that came and testified against these bills and they still rammed them through,” said Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range).
Milroy said Republicans voting to limit early voting is bad for democracy, and Senator Janet Bewley agrees.
“It’s totally inappropriate to change access to voting simply because you don’t like the outcome and suspect that it might again turn out to the way you don’t like it,” said Bewley.
Northwest Wisconsin leaders we’re hearing from agree that this all brings unwanted negative attention to the state.
“This has made national news, international news. This is something that is really creating a black eye for the state of Wisconsin and it’s gonna poison the wealth for any ability for the legislature to be able to work with the new governor and the new administration coming in,” said Milroy.