Wisconsin is a great place to live but has some problems, so voters elected a problem-solving governor in 2018. However, we don't yet have a problem-solving state legislative majority — it is kicking the can down the road again.
For instance, on June 3 the Joint Finance Committee proposed spending $200 million in state taxes for health care, instead of expanding Medicaid and accepting $324 million that you and I pay in federal taxes. This would let us access $1.6 billion in federal health care funds, according to Gov. Tony Evers, freeing up Wisconsin funds to help solve some other problems.
The governor's medical budget would increase funding to providers and give at least 40,000 more Badgers access to health care, saving lives and preventing suffering. There is no practical reason to deny this help to our fellow Wisconsinites. According to Marquette polling, 70% of Badgers want this done.
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Contact your state representative and senator and tell them to accept Medicare expansion and our federal tax money. Tell them to be problem solvers. Go online to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your address or click on the map to find your representative and senator's email, phone number and address.
Bill Dagnon, Baraboo