2019-21 Senate Budget Amendments
Amendment 2: Improving Public Health
- Medicaid Expansion: Expands Medicaid to cover tens of thousands of Wisconsinites while saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Savings from expansion leverage $1.6 billion in new federal funding to invest in the health and well-being of all Wisconsinites.
- Lead poisoning prevention and treatment: Invests in lead pipe replacement, workforce training for lead abatement workers, and expanding access to lead poisoning testing for children.
- Women’s Health: Invests $28 million in improving women’s health and birth outcomes. These services includes funding for doula services, children’s long-term care services, Minority Health program grants, the Well Women Program, Infant Mortality Prevention. In addition, this amendment allows Planned Parenthood to provide care through the Title V and Title X programs. This Amendment works to improve birth outcomes and reduce racial disparities, provide critical preventative care to women including cancer screenings, and invests home visitation programs for expectant mothers and mothers with infants.
- Behavioral Health: Prioritizes behavioral health and substance abuse treatment by investing in crisis intervention services, establishing five regional crisis stabilization facilities, adding funding for existing youth crisis stabilization facilities, and combating the opioid crisis by making treatment and care more efficient and localized.
- Health Care Practitioners and Facilities: Invests heavily in hospital supplemental payments, nursing home reimbursements rates that will lead to high wages, funding for hospitals to provide access to critical care, and telehealth expansion to serve rural areas.
- Prescription Drug Affordability: Sets up a prescription drug price review process for price hikes and brings transparency and accountability to drug pricing.
- Healthy Aging: Investing in a healthy aging grant program, providing programming related to fall prevention and chronic disease management, and expanding the dementia care program.
Amendment 3: Investing in Quality Education
- K-12-Education: Funds Gov. Evers’ $600 million increase the general aid to schools. This amendment also implements Fair Funding for Our Future proposal, which ensures equal treatment of all districts. This amendment recommits Wisconsin to funding two-thirds of schools revenues, increases sparsity aid for rural school districts, and adopts transparency and accountability measures for voucher schools.
- Higher Education: Invests $150 Million more into the UW system. The amendment makes college affordable for students by fully funding the UW tuition freeze and investing in $17.3 million for need-based financial aid. Technical schools would get an additional $36 Million investment.
- Special Education: Increases special education funding for the first time in almost a decade by $600 million over base levels.
- K-12 Mental Health Services: Invests $22 million for mental health services and staff and $7 million in grants for school-based mental health services.
- School-Breakfast: Increases school breakfast reimbursements back to 15 cents and 100% reimbursement for school milk to help ensure no child goes hungry at school.
Amendment 4: Clean Drinking Water, Clean Environment
- Clean Water Initiatives: Increases funding for the Clean Water Fund and the Safe Drinking Water Program. The amendment supports local communities by providing $40 million in bond-backed lead service replacement to municipalities and towns, adds $1.5 million in grants through Soil and Water Resource Management, and invests $10 million to help combat runoff. This amendment also invests $25 million for contaminated sediment cleanup, $6.5 million for water pollution abatement grants, $4 million for storm water management and flood control, $4 million for dam safety grants, $747,000 annually for lake protection grants, and $710,000 annually for river protection grants. The amendment also maintains CAFO regulations in DNR enforcement authority and fully funds and staffs enforcement authority.
- Other Environmental Initiatives: Fully funds the Governor’s budget request to add staff for our state parks, restores the DNR Science Bureau, and increases in grants for county land & water conservation staff by $2.8 million.
Amendment 5: Fair Economy
- Tax Fairness: Creates the Family and Individual Reinvestment (FAIR) credit to provide a 10% cut in individual income taxes for most middle-class families. This amendment also closes the Dark Store loophole and prevents big commercial retailers from shifting their property tax burden to homeowners and small main street businesses.
Amendment 6: Fair Government
- Redistricting: Creates a non-partisan Redistricting Advisory Commission through the Legislative Reference Bureau in-order to empower citizens and restore fairness to our election process.