Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MADISON - The Wisconsin State Capitol has been deserted for months even as the state faces crises not seen in generations.
Cases of coronavirus are rising, thousands are in Wisconsin streets protesting racial inequities, and thousands more are waiting weeks and months for unemployment benefits — forcing some to lose homes, meals and hope.
The state Legislature has passed one bill in four months. Its Republican leaders knocked down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to navigate the pandemic and refused to adopt new rules to put in its place. And Wisconsin is now in a minority of states without a face mask requirement.
"State government has just simply failed to respond to an enormous crisis," former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"Doing the right thing is really the best politics and that’s why you’re elected — to do what you think is right and (to) have a plan," said former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum. "I see that falling apart."