UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Governor Scott Walker says the high turnover in the state Legislature proves that Wisconsin does not need term limits for its politicians. He says it's another reason that the Badger State is more aggressive about reform than neighboring Illinois -- where minority Republicans recently proposed a constitutional two-term limit for its statewide officers.
At least 22 of Wisconsin's 99 Assembly members are leaving their posts after this year, along with seven of the 33 senators. During a recent visit to Kaukauna, the Republican Walker told WHBY Radio in Appleton that Wisconsin has people willing to serve in Madison, and then go back home and serve in their home communities -- or to retire because it's time.
Not all of Wisconsin's departing lawmakers are in those boats. A few are seeking higher office this fall. Some are leaving because they're tired of the polarization. Also, it was reported earlier this week that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos urged G-O-P colleagues who are thinking about leaving in 2016 to do so now, so the party has a better chance of keeping the majority at least through 2018.