Democrats showed their true colors on Wednesday by not voting to override Governor Ever's veto of Assembly Bill 76, which addresses the skilled nursing shortage in Wisconsin. The bill would have aligned the state CNA instruction requirements with federal standards and bring students into the high-demand field faster.
Neighboring states including Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa follow federal law in requiring 75 hours of instructional training and 16 hours of clinical training for CNA certification. Our bordering communities have be placed at a significant disadvantage when competing for skilled nurses. A 2018 study found that 20 percent of caregiver positions go unfilled in Wisconsin.
The veto override attempt failed with a party-line vote of 63-36. Despite the needs of the state, the three Democrats who voted for the bill previously chose not to do what's best for their district and the state. Politics is more important to them than the people in their districts. It's a disappointment but not surprising.