GOP questions lack of CWD plans in budget

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 8:57 PM CDT
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole is defending Gov. Tony Evers' decision not to include any new plans to fight chronic wasting disease in his state budget.

Cole appeared before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Thursday as the panel prepares to revise Evers' budget.

Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu pressed Cole on why the governor's spending plan includes no new strategies for combatting CWD. He asked Cole whether Evers thinks fighting the disease is important.

Cole responded that CWD is important to Evers. He says the governor wants to see what research reveals about the disease and doesn't want to spend money on it when other states are doing the work.

Cole added that the DNR needs to do more to persuade hunters to turn in deer heads for testing.