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22
Apr
2016

watertowerStates and Provinces Commit to Reconvene in May to thoroughly review Waukesha’s precedent setting diversion request.

Written by Abby Kuranz, WiscCIC   
 
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22
Apr
2016

votersEAU CLAIRE, WI - Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) feels that the April 5th election proved why the Legislature needs to fund a public education campaign on Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. At least that's why he called on Legislative Republicans Thursday from this northwest Wisconsin town to fulfill their obligation through the Voter ID law to fund a public education campaign.

dana_wachs“There are many stories of people who had trouble voting or were turned away at the polls simply because they weren’t aware of the changes that were made," said Wachs. "At a time when we should be encouraging more voter participation, Legislative Republicans are making it significantly more difficult for people to exercise their right to vote."

Under 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, the Voter ID law, the state was supposed to fund a public information campaign which has still not yet occurred. Rep. Wachs is a co-sponsor of Assembly Bill 987, a proposal that would have provided $500,000 to the Government Accountability Board and the Elections Commission, one of its successor organizations, to conduct a public informational campaign related to the Voter ID requirements. This bill was not given a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and was not brought forward for a vote.

“I’m very disappointed with the lack of cooperation by the party in control to educate the public and encourage participation in our elections,” added Wachs. “It seems like all they care about is keeping their power and not listening to the will of the people. Voters in Wisconsin deserve better, and we must work to ensure that people can exercise this most precious right.”

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20
Apr
2016

boy-in-docRepublicans use a little known time limit clause on John Doe probes included in "Corrupt Politician Protection Act" to protect Gov. Walker as excuse to end probe of abuse and exploitation of children at state correctional facilities.

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20
Apr
2016

humanainc-gbGov. Walker's Insurance Commission approved the merger of health insurance giants Humana and Aetna in a deal that could cost Northeast Wisconsin more than 3,100 jobs and did nothing to protect health care consumers. Sen. Hansen and Rep. Genrich tried to either block the merger or set conditions to protect consumers and workers.


GREEN BAY - Late last week Governor Walker’s Commission of Insurance, Ted Nickel, approved the merger of health insurance giants Humana and Aetna without any significant conditions. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) made no public announcement of the decision.

Humana currently employees over 3,000 people in Green Bay and 3,700 workers statewide.

OCI could have required the combined company not to outsource the Humana jobs. Instead, OCI simply requires notification of jobs cuts for three years, without any public recourse if the jobs are eliminated. OCI also could have put in safeguards against large health insurance rate increases, but choose to do nothing to protect health care consumers.

OCI has broad authority under Wisconsin law it could have used to either block the merger or set conditions to protect the interest of consumers and workers. Senator Dave Hansen and Representative Eric Genrich asked OCI to require that there be no net job reductions as a result of the merger.

Instead, the Walker Administration did nothing to safeguard Wisconsin jobs or protect health care consumers in return for allowing this mega health insurance merger to go forward. The deal will allow big insurance companies to further rig the health care system against health consumers and workers.

dave-hansenIn a joint statement issued this morning, Senator Hansen and Representative Genrich said of the merger deal:

“It is deeply disappointing that, when given the opportunity to protect more than 3,100 jobs in Northeast Wisconsin, Governor Walker and his Insurance Commissioner chose to do nothing.

“It is a rare to have the opportunity to intervene in a merger of this size with such great potential to positively impact our workforce and Wisconsin consumers. Sadly, thanks to the inaction on the part of the Governor and his administration, any opportunity to build in these important protections has been lost.

“Given Humana’s proven commitment to our area and state we remain hopeful. However, at a time when Wisconsin still continues to struggle to create jobs, we cannot be anything but disappointed by this administration’s demonstrated lack of concern for both workers and consumers.”

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