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The Latest: Wisconsin Assembly to attempt veto overrides

November 6, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin veto override attempt (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

The Republican majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly is leading the push to override three partial budget vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke sent his colleagues a letter Wednesday urging for support of the overrides on Thursday. But Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says that no Democrats will support the votes. Republicans need Democratic backing to be successful.

The override attempt will be the first in Wisconsin in nearly a decade.

The vetoes killed $15 million in funding to create a northern Wisconsin regional crisis center and blocked $5 million a year for doctors who care for people in state health-care programs. The third one gave the Evers administration more flexibility in how to spend $500,000 to increase the number of health care providers.

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9:21 a.m.

The Wisconsin Assembly plans to attempt the first veto overrides in nine years, targeting three partial budget vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers.

The Republican-controlled Assembly plans to vote on the veto overrides on Thursday. Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass them without Democratic support.

Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says no Democrats will support the overrides. But Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke says he is “hopeful” and has his “fingers crossed” that Democrats can be persuaded.

The Senate would also have to override and Republicans don’t have enough votes there, either.

The vetoes killed $15 million in funding to create a northern Wisconsin regional crisis center and blocked $5 million a year for doctors who care for people in state health-care programs. The third one gave the Evers administration more flexibility in how to spend $500,000 to increase the number of health care providers.