Gov. Tony Evers said the state capitol is ‘well prepared’ to handle any threats and he is “hopeful” the state can void any violent protests. The governor’s comments on Wednesday were in reaction to a warning from the FBI of armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols.
“The National Guard is already on-site,” Evers told WTMJ’s Steve Scaffidi. “We’re ready for the worst. We have plenty of folks on-site to help guard that building.”
The governor joined Scaffidi the morning after his State of the State address.
Evers addressed his call for a special session to upgrade the state’s unemployment system:
“(Speaker Robin Vos) knows as well as I do that this system has been broken for years. We need to fix it. If Robin wants to blame me, go ahead and blame me, I don’t care. They know the system was ready to croak.”
On the COVID-19 package passed by the State Senate:
“If the Assembly doesn’t want to do (pass) it, then we won’t have any legislation. That would be unfortunate. I’m hopeful (the assembly) will agree to the Senate version which is 99% of what we agreed to.”
On the slow vaccine roll-out:
“I believe it’s no one’s fault, per say. We have a large number of people in nursing homes and assisted living. We lead the nation. We have to get the nursing homes and assisted living folks first. The elderly will be soon thereafter. There will be massive opportunities in the near future. We have to get through this first group first.”