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Democratic Radio "It’s time to expand Medicaid and put Wisconsinites first" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:46

health_care_dayMADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting the benefits of Governor Evers’ plan to accept the federal funds available to expand Medicaid for 82,000 people in Wisconsin. 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:

https://sen-dem.cms.legis.wisconsin.gov/media/1297/erpenbach_32119.m4a

jon-erpenbachA written transcript of the address is below: 

“Hi, this is state Senator Jon Erpenbach.

“Governor Evers is proposing a Medicaid Expansion in his state budget that will provide 82,000 Wisconsinites with quality affordable health care while saving the state 300 million dollars.

“Expanded Medicaid, and that money, means:

·         We can lower the cost of prescription drugs.

·         We can increase the reimbursement rates to nursing homes who are closing their doors around the state.

·         We can eliminate the waiting list for the children’s long term support program.

·         We can also properly address the opioid and meth epidemic in Wisconsin.

·         And, we can expand and create programs focused on tobacco prevention, dental initiatives, and infant mortality prevention.

“For our communities this is not a partisan issue. A recent Marquette poll shows that accepting federal Medicaid expansion is support by 62 percent of Wisconsinites, yet Republicans ignore their wishes – that means we’ve missed out on 1.1 billion dollars so far.

“It is time for Wisconsin to join 37 others states in accepting the Medicaid expansion and putting Wisconsinites first.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:54
 
Sen. Smith: “You be the Judge of the Budget” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:06

crowdSen. Jeff Smith will hosting nine budget listening sessions in northwestern Wisconsin in March and April.

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"The Mandela Barnes interview” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 15 March 2019 16:22

wc1du0STATEWIDE - We welcome Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes to discuss his first couple of months in the office and the his vision for creating opportunity in Wisconsin over the next few years.

In our third installment of Sarah “what the Godlewski does the state treasurer do?” We review her effort to help UW system graduates refinance their student loan debt and GOP State Rep. Michael Schraa failing to honor his promise to sponsor legislation to put some authority and power back into the state treasurer's office.

We talk about Congressman Mark Pocan’s threat to sue ICE for records related to Wisconsin arrests last year; GOP Legislative leaders plan to intervene in Planned Parenthood case challenging abortion laws; Wisconsin is now the top 2020 battleground state; and State Sen. Dale Kooyenga says he will consider supporting accepting the federal money to expand BadgerCare.

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Democratic Radio: Investment in Special Needs Education Must be a Priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:33

school-bus-kidsMADISON - This week Rep. Sondy Pope (D - Mt. Horeb) talks about our investment in special needs education.

Audio File of Radio Address

sondy-popeHi, this is Representative Sondy Pope with this week’s Democratic Address.

In his budget, Governor Evers makes a historic investment in special needs education.

His proposal would increase funding by $600 million over the next two years.

According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the primary special education fund has not been increased in a decade, despite skyrocketing costs.

Currently, the state covers 25% of special education costs to schools districts. The Governor’s proposal would increase that investment to 60%.

This increased funding will take the pressure off our local districts financially and free up additional resources.

Here’s the bottom line: All students should have equal access to a high quality education. The Governor’s plan is rooted in this reality.

It is disappointing to hear that Republicans are not supportive of this additional investment.

One Republican legislator stated the Governor’s special needs plan was “a big number”.

We know by now the Republican track record.

They’re fine spending millions of dollars in tax breaks for corporations and billionaires. They’re fine spending billions of dollars on the largest tax giveaway to a foreign corporation in our country’s history.

But when it comes to our children, they hesitate, saying the cost is more than our state can bear.

Democrats see it differently. We MUST invest in our kids – the future leaders of our state.

After years of Republicans failing to prioritize public education, I am thrilled to see our Governor working toward what is best for our kids and what is best for our state.

 
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