2021-23 budget

Wisconsin’s budget surplus offers flexibility and opportunities to lawmakers, report says

BY: - June 11, 2021

Wisconsin’s $4.4 billion budget surplus represents a “golden opportunity” for lawmakers to address a number of the state’s largest challenges, according to a report from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF).  The news of the surplus — which is attributed to stronger than expected tax revenue, funds not spent and a massive injection of federal […]

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Lawmakers decry shortage of workers as they cut workforce development programs from budget

BY: - June 3, 2021

Amid pleas from employers for help in finding workers, Republican lawmakers have stripped about $29 million from the proposed state budget that would have gone to programs intended to expand the workforce. Voting on party lines Wednesday, the state Legislature’s budget-writing committee passed a GOP rewrite of the original 2021-2023 Department of Workforce Development (DWD) […]

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BadgerCare expansion push won’t be slowed by a special session flop

BY: - May 25, 2021

Insurance salesperson is probably not the job title most Democratic politicians envisioned when they ran for office, but right now it’s what they are doing. They are pressing hard to sell the public on an expansion to Medicaid, so around 90,000 more Wisconsin residents will have access to good, affordable insurance. And Republicans are hell […]

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Advocates say BadgerCare expansion would mean better health care and help some small businesses

BY: - May 25, 2021

For advocates who say Wisconsin should accept $1.6 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid, or BadgerCare as the state’s program is called, the reasons include protecting the working poor, promoting preventive health care, easing the financial strain on small business — and the big bonus that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is making […]

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GOP leaders to Evers: We’re spiking your budget, but come talk with us

BY: - May 4, 2021

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) finds it ironic that Republican legislative leaders sent Gov. Tony Evers a letter on Monday inviting him to meet with them to “share your plans for the federal funding as soon as possible.” One year ago, a group of 43 GOP Wisconsin legislators sent Wisconsin members of Congress a […]

Republicans take dim view of Evers’ workforce budget proposals

BY: - April 7, 2021

Republicans who wield the majority in the state Legislature have already proclaimed they will throw out Gov. Tony Evers’ second budget, cutting and pasting the state’s spending plan into something more to their liking. And at a hearing Tuesday on provisions that affect people who work and the people who employ them, GOP lawmakers kept […]

DWD leader promotes Evers administration job-training budget proposals

BY: - March 16, 2021

With an eye to the post-pandemic economy, the Evers administration’s proposed state budget for the next two years is calling for new spending on worker training. Part of that increase is a one-time $10 million infusion for retraining grants, according to Amy Pechacek, secretary-designee for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), who on Tuesday […]

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Legislative Democrats: Killing Medicaid expansion would cost state another $1 billion

BY: - March 12, 2021

With the new American Rescue Plan Act signed into law, Democrats in the state Legislature are warning that the Republican majority would cost Wisconsin more than $1 billion by refusing to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in the 2021-23 budget. A provision in the new federal COVID-19 relief package, which President Joe Biden […]

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Community health workers provide essential links for struggling communities

BY: - February 23, 2021

Community health workers provide essential links for struggling communities

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Study: Children’s health coverage improves with Medicaid expansion

BY: - February 20, 2021

More children lack health insurance in most states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) than in the states that accepted Medicaid expansion, according to a new study released Friday. Wisconsin has not accepted federal money to expand Medicaid — also known in this state as BadgerCare — which has […]

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Evers proposes massive investment in education

BY: - February 16, 2021

“If we’re going to bounce back from this pandemic, then we have to start by making sure our kids are better off than when we started this pandemic,” Gov. Tony Evers told an online audience at his biennial budget address on Tuesday. The governor touched on key issues for public education advocates, including broadband access, […]

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Evers proposes allowing local increases in sales tax

BY: - February 12, 2021

Community leaders and residents could soon choose to raise county and local sales taxes by 0.5%, if a budget proposal by Gov. Tony Evers is approved.  Wisconsin’s sales tax is 5% and under current law counties have the ability to impose an extra 0.5% tax. 68 of 72 counties have enacted the sales tax increase. […]