Eric Peterson, spokesperson for Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, said he hopes the Legislature becomes more bipartisan next session. However, he said Republicans may not want to cooperate with his party on economic issues.
“I think we will see a ruling party that will put their ideas forward, and if the Democrats are lucky, maybe be briefed before whatever they want passed is sent down the pipe,” Peterson said.
Peterson cited last session’s mining bill as an example of partisanship slowing progress. He said the mining industry’s desire to reduce regulations may possibly impede the bipartisan efforts brought by the Senate Mining Committee Chair, Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville.
Peterson said the Democrats “offer more compelling alternatives” than Republicans, adding one of their main focuses will be ensuring economic growth as well as job training to educate people for today’s work force.