Suddenly we’re supposed to believe this guy is tough on crime.
WI Gov. Tony Evers issued a news release today:
Gov. Tony Evers today announced a more than $50 million investment in community safety, including nearly $19 million for local and tribal law enforcement agencies as well as funding to help alleviate the pandemic-related backlog of criminal cases through additional public defender and assistant district attorney support.
In my community of Franklin the local police department will receive $80,581.50.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office will get $218,933.76 while the Milwaukee Police Department will receive $3,000,000.00 (Can’t wait to hear about the hard-hitting programs in Milwaukee that will be funded to take a bite out of crime).
“The governor made a trip to the Green Bay Police Department this afternoon as part of his
announcement of spending $50 million in (federal) funds towards criminal justice initiatives,
pretending that he is concerned about public safety despite his record.
“Following the shooting of Jacob Blake, which led to the Kenosha riots, Governor Evers stated
that multiple people are ‘mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our
state.’ He then later refused federal assistance from President Trump to respond to the riots,
letting Kenosha burn.
“Not only does Evers have a history of inflammatory remarks about Wisconsin’s law
enforcement, but he has also vetoed legislation and rejected requests to provide resources to the
men and women protecting our communities that need help due to surges in crime.
Governor Evers has vetoed multiple bills that would have assisted local law enforcement>
“The governor has shown a disrespectful attitude towards Wisconsin’s law enforcement. He does
not stand by them. But now, he will act like he cares as he seeks to buy a win with federal dollars
during an election year. Wisconsin deserves better leadership.”
Representative Shae Sortwell (R-Gibson)
“I can’t wait to see the campaign ad coming based on this announcement – it’s another obvious
election year conversion by Governor Evers.
“Two years ago, he joined with Black Lives Matter in denouncing law enforcement across the
state. He proposed bills that would make the jobs of law enforcement tougher, not easier. Evers
even vetoed a bill last summer requiring communities to ‘Fund the Police.’
“Now, months from an election he is giving communities pennies on the dollar to correct the
harm he has caused. While more money for policing is almost always good, nothing Governor
Evers has proposed will stop the crime epidemic across the state. He’s giving nearly half the
money to Milwaukee County so they can process criminals through their same revolving door
criminal justice operation faster.
“This is all flash, just like his $150 rebate – it doesn’t do anything. If Evers is serious about
stopping crime, he would spend that money on more cops, push for more jail time, and
push for bail reform – not this feel good garbage. “
State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a former police officer
“As crime is on the rise, the number of police on our streets is at the lowest level in at least a decade. It is about time the Governor reversed this trend, and I hope he approves additional investments to support law enforcement in Wisconsin.”
State Sen. André Jacque (R-De Pere)