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Sen. David Craig of Big Bend (left) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch of New Berlin (right).(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON - After Gov. Tony Evers used his veto pen last week to send tens of millions of dollars more to schools than what lawmakers approved, Republicans are seeking to limit the governor's veto power over future state budgets.

Sen. David Craig of Big Bend and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch of New Berlin are proposing to amend the state constitution to prevent Evers and future governors from using their veto authority to increase funding levels in state budgets passed by the Legislature. 

The effort is sure to spark another clash between Democrats and Republicans over Evers' powers — a battle first waged in December when GOP lawmakers passed legislation to shift the new governor's powers to the Legislature.

The proposed constitutional amendment comes less than a week after Evers issued 78 partial vetoes to the Republican-authored 2019-21 budget and moved an additional $65 million toward schools.