As is often the case, buried in the weeds is a kicker with very real consequences. The decision on Wednesday by the conervative-led Wisconsin State Supreme Court to invalidate Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate could result in the cutting off of nearly $50 million in federal food assistance to low-income people.
According to an article in the Journal Sentinel, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau told Wisconsin lawmakers in January that the state’s Foodshare program could lose its extra funding if the state’s emergency were ended. Evers also suggested that this could happen when he issued his last emergency order.
But Republicans and conservatives don’t care. They never have. For them it is all about taking power from the governor, a Democrat. The court’s decision on Wednesday came after a major Repulican donor filed a lawsuit challenging the governor’s right to issue emergency orders. The way the law is currently written, no governor can issue successive emergency orders. This was cited by conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn who wrote the majority decision.
Absent that lawsuit, there would have been no case for the justices to review.
Think the Republicans/conservatives were not aware of this? Think again. This was and is still another case of the Republican Party, still stinging from its loss of the governorship to a Democrat, doing everything it can to block his efforts, regardless of the cost, both in terms of lives lost or harmed by the pandemic, and in providing food security to thousands of the state’s residents.