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Amid a historic pandemic, Vos and Fitzgerald fail to lead, David Clarke returns and Foxconn deal gets worse.
2020 was the year of the pandemic, which revealed just how radically conservative Wisconsin’s Republican leaders are. No state’s Republican congressional delegation was as opposed to federal pandemic relief bill passed in March as Wisconsin’s. Texas? Just six of its 23 House Republicans voted no. Tennessee? Four of its seven Republicans opposed the bill. South Carolina? Close but no cigar: four of its five Republicans said nay.
Across America, not one representative of deep-red states like Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah and North Dakota voted against the bill, showing just how popular this legislation was, as a Murphy’s Law column (the fifth most popular of the year) reported. Yet in purple Wisconsin, which voted for Democrat Joe Biden in 2020 and in 2018 elected a full slate of Democratic state officials, including Governor and Attorney General, the majority of its House representatives voted no.
The actions of the two Republican leaders have hurt the state in another way: they’ve cost the state’s taxpayers more than $1.5 billion, mostly by refusing federal funding for Medicaid and handing out tax breaks that did not create any of the promised jobs, as the second most popular column explained.
Meanwhile, some favorite subjects of Urban Milwaukee readers continued to make the news: the ever-more-egregious failure of Foxconn, the ever-more-distant sunset date for the Milwaukee Brewers’ stadium subsidy, and the ever-more-ethically-challenged career of David Clarke. Bad news can linger on and on.
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