So, just like there never was a pandemic, Assembly leader Robin Vos has finally come up with, after 8 months, some random dates and edicts that yank local COVID control away statewide? Keep this in mind:
Public health officials have not offered assurances that the spread of COVID-19 will be at safe levels by Jan. 31.
Here's the clueless "Covid Hoax" scheme hatched by our sociopathic Republicans. First, let's crowd people into rooms. JSOnline:
a. The plan would double the number of local government employees working on COVID-19; require state workers to perform their duties in their offices instead of at home by Jan. 31.
b. Require schools to provide in-person education by late January in most cases;
Yea, some random date to require in-person schooling, no matter what happens.
Business, business, business: Here's the BIG one:
a. Insulate businesses, schools and government agencies from lawsuits; bar local health officials from issuing emergency orders that close businesses or implement capacity restrictions unless the limits apply to all types of businesses
I think this twitter comment said it best:
This passes for compassion, ignoring the jaw-dropping number of deaths in nursing homes:
…allow family members to see those in nursing homes.
Oh, and imagine giving our 8-month-Republican-vacationers the power to hand out vaccines:
…and give lawmakers a say in how a vaccine is distributed. The plan would give the Joint Finance Committee the power to veto a vaccine distribution plan.The committee is controlled by some Republicans who have downplayed the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, including incoming co-chairman Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green, who this fall told his constituents not to worry about the virus because hospitals were not overwhelmed at a time when patients were flooding some facilities.
Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said "WI Republicans haven’t responded to COVID; have sued @GovEvers over his response on Covid; and now have provisions that would limit the ability of any local government to respond to Covid."
"After four years of Trump, the habit of ignoring reality is no longer simply a reflex; it is now at the center of the right’s political culture. Indeed, ignoring the reality of the coronavirus was a dress rehearsal for ignoring the reality of an American election."