Healthcare

Legislators Pay More to Get Less: The High Cost of Refusing Medicaid Expansion

Source: Wisconsin Budget Project

Source: Wisconsin Budget Project

The High Cost of Legislators’ Resistance to Expanding BadgerCare

The Medicaid budget approved by the legislature this week will cost state tax taxpayers far more than the budget recommended by the governor, yet will accomplish far less to improve access to health care. Ideological opposition to expanding Medicaid is costing Wisconsin a lot of money.

The legislature’s budget reduces total Medicaid spending from all sources by almost $1 billion, compared to the governor’s budget. Even though it adds more than $320 million of state general purpose revenue (state tax dollars) to the Medicaid increase proposed by the Governor, the legislature’s budget captures almost $1.3 billion less from federal matching funds.

Source: http://www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org/legislators-pay-more-to-get-less

Education

Listen: “No Bake-ancy”

Some Assembly Required Podcast

Straight from the Committee on Joint Finance, Rep. Evan Goyke fills in for Rep. Gordon Hintz and talks about the importance of advocating for education funding in Governor Evers’ budget. And later, Rep. Considine discusses his experience in the classroom as a former special education teacher and his legislative projects.

Source: ListenNotes.com

Source: ListenNotes.com

Source: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/some-assembly/episode-5-no-bake-ancy-MDNt1w4vZkH/


Chairman Ben Wikler speaks out against Trump’s failed education policies

Wisconsin Economy

National Farmers Union Head Scorches Trump: He’s Offended ‘Pretty Much Every Ally’ On Earth

China is a now a “lost market” for agriculture, said Roger Johnson as he sounded the alarm on U.S. farmers’ dire situation in Trump’s failing trade war.

Source: HuffPost Politics

Source: HuffPost Politics

The president of the National Farmers Union has leveled an astonishingly frank broadside against President Donald Trump, who rural voters largely supported in the 2016 election.

Trade group leader Roger Johnson said in a radio interview Thursday that it will take “decades” to reverse damage caused by Trump. China, he added, is now a “lost market” for American farmers because of Trump’s trade war.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/national-farmers-union-roger-johnson-trump-trade-war-china_n_5d68b124e4b0488c0d122b1c


Democrats value equal opportunity

“…But too many Americans have been left out and left behind. They are working longer hours with less security. Wages have barely budged and the racial wealth gap remains wide, while the cost of everything from childcare to a college education has continued to rise. And for too many families, the dream of homeownership is out of reach. As working people struggle, the top one percent accrues more wealth and more power. Republicans in Congress have chosen gridlock and dysfunction over trying to find solutions to the real challenges we face. It’s no wonder that so many feel like the system is rigged against them.

Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.”

—Preamble, www.democrats.org

Budget

STATE BUDGET HURT BY REPUBLICANS’ OPPOSITION TO USING FEDERAL FUNDS TO EXPAND MEDICAID

Get the facts about the benefits of Wisconsin taking Federal money (our tax dollars) to expand Medicaid. Turning down the medicaid expansions funds further hurts Wisconsin dramatically under Federal funding formulas. The numbers are in this brief article.

Tony Evers

Source: http://www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org/category/blog/state-budget-blog