Evers calls meeting on virus with GOP leaders 'productive'

MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers' says a virtual meeting with Republican legislative leaders to discuss COVID-19 relief efforts was "productive."

The meeting on Friday was Evers' first with newly-elected Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and his first since May with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

It comes as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, with hospitals at or near capacity.

The head of the Wisconsin Hospital Association on Thursday urged Evers and Republicans to work together urgently to avoid the crisis becoming a catastrophe.

Evers put forward a half-billion dollar COVID-19 relief bill this week.

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement after the conference call with Governor Tony Evers and the new Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg).

“I want to thank Governor Evers and Senate Majority Leader LeMahieu for talking today. It was a productive discussion and as expected, there were issues we agreed on and some that we didn’t. Regardless, I see today’s conversation as a positive step forward to finding common ground in developing a more unified state response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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