A strong majority of Wisconsin residents continue to support Gov. Tony Evers' decisions to close businesses and schools to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to May 2020 poll numbers from Marquette University Law School.
Final briefs have been filed in a second lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order, this one arguing the order violated peoples' rights to freedom of worship, speech and travel under the state's Constitution.
State government saw a sharp decline in tax revenue during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a drop that was caused by a combination of the economic slowdown created by the virus and the three-month extension for filing income taxes.
Conservative justices on the state Supreme Court aggressively attacked the stay-at-home order issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers administration, prompting an attorney for Evers to respond that people will die if the order is lifted.
Republican legislators and business groups made a coordinated push on April 30 for a plan that would reopen the state more quickly, with one restaurant owner telling lawmakers he's ordering alcohol and food in case he can start serving customers next week.
Gov. Tony Evers' administration has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dismiss a Republican effort to overturn Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order, warning that such a move could "invite a dangerous public health backslide," as the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 brought Wisconsin's Democratic governor and GOP-controlled Legislature together to pass sweeping legislation responding to the pandemic. But that bipartisanship proved short-lived, with conservatives chafing at ongoing restrictions on businesses, services and public gatherings.