Gov. Tony Evers makes first stop in Eau Claire as governor; outlines priorities

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Governor Tony Evers was in Eau Claire Wednesday, his first visit since being sworn in as governor.

Evers is traveling across Wisconsin this week to share his plans to invest in education, communities and transportation.

Evers first stop was at Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center on Wednesday morning.

News 18 met up with him during his tour at the Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Evers is getting settled into his new position, but was able to spend some time at CVTC Wednesday getting to know the different programs within the college.

Evers watched a cooking class demonstration, and got a taste of the new culinary kitchen.

The tour didn’t stop in the kitchen. Evers also got a look at the medical assistance program, and was able to learn what the college has to offer the community.

“It just has great partnerships with the community and that’s what’s so important,” Evers said.

While Evers was in town, he filled us in on some of the projects he plans to work on during his term in office.

One of the major topics lately has been healthcare, and Evers addressed his plans moving forward.

“I’ve asked the attorney general to remove us from that lawsuit that is actively trying to do away with the Affordable Care Act, and all of the benefits that the program has. We’ll see what the attorney general does with it going forward,” Evers said.

While Evers is trying to hit the brakes on the lawsuit, another concern is Wisconsin roadways.

Evers said he has a plan to tackle transportation, and his first step was appointing Craig Thompson as the secretary of transportation.

“He’ll be bringing people together,” Evers said. “They’re going to make a decision and a recommendation to me on what should be done to fund this transportation system. It’s going to be part of our budget, and I’m looking forward to that being one of the major issues that will bring Republicans and Democrats together in the state.”

While Evers wants both parties to work together, he said he’s confident under his leadership there will be bipartisanship.

“The budget we present is going to be the will of the people, so I’m hopeful that the legislature will take that on and then we can do battling and come up with some common ground,” Evers said. “We will find common ground.”

Governor Evers made a stop in Viroqua Wednesday following his visit in Eau Claire to explore the town’s Main Street.

Evers will continue making stops across Wisconsin this week.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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