Letter to the Group Insurance Board
You meet tomorrow deciding the fate of the health insurance offerings for over 100,000 people from this state. Local police, retired teachers, janitors, firefighters, engineers, social workers, pavement inspectors, retired and current public employees and even politicians all wait for your decision...
Action Needed Now for King Residents
Madison – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) called for immediate action for residents at the Veterans Home at King as the Joint Legislative Audit Committee prepares to meet tomorrow in Madison to consider an audit of the facility...
Illegal Coordination Highlighted in Guardian story
“…Wisconsin Senate Republicans made changes to Wisconsin election laws that they knew would allow collusion and coordination between political candidates and dark money issue ads in elections. This move was needed because they had been breaking the law…
Erpenbach Vows to Again Seek Legislative Accountability for Veterans Budget
Senator Erpenbach pledged to again seek Legislative accountability for any raids of veteran’s nursing home funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) general budget, saying that Legislative approval is the only way to hold the Governor and the DVA accountable.
Veteran’s Nursing Homes Should Not Be Shortchanged
Senator Jon Erpenbach says it is alarming to read how the Republican policies that have allowed, even encouraged, the building of surplus funds at the King Veterans Home near Waupaca have affected resident care. But, he goes on to say Democrats have been raising alarms.
Veterans Services Best Delivered in Counties with Direct Veteran-to-Veteran Support
...CVSOs are our most essential direct contact to veterans in Wisconsin. Why are they under attack from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary John Scocos? I have no idea, but I want it to stop.
Statement on Wisconsin Department of Health Services withdraw of FamilyCare 2.0 Concept Paper from Joint Committee on Finance
… it just feels like Governor Walker and the Department ran them through the ringer unnecessarily. There are some things in government that do not deserve to be measured with private company profit margin; care for the elderly and disabled is one of them
UW Operational Budget to Get Board Vote: Lowest State Support Reflects Republican Cuts
Higher student fees and less state support for our university system are on the agenda this week in Madison and Senator Erpenbach hopes the trend to underfund the driver of Wisconsin’s economy will end soon
Local Veteran to Veteran Counseling at Risk Again at the Hands of DVA
… Erpenbach (asked) Governor Walker to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately reopen the grants process for County Veteran’s Service Offices because the agency is denying grant applications without administrative criteria for the denials
Federal Bill Gives WI Another Chance to Capitalize
One of the few states that to say “no thanks we don’t want our own tax dollars back, please send it to Illinois or Texas” has been a painful decision to watch
Difficulties for Some to Obtain an ID to Vote Recognized
The Appeals Court directed the lower court to find a way to allow some voters to vote without a photo ID because they cannot receive one the way the law currently stands.
Sunshine Week 2016 – Reflections on the 2015 Budget
The last day of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) state budget work in the summer of 2015 was expected to be a day with some surprises. One surprise no one could have anticipated was the inclusion of page after page of open records changes
JFC Dems Decry Lack of Public Input Into FamilyCare 2.0
Joint Committee on Finance Democratic members are encouraging participants and advocates for Wisconsin’s long term care system to attend the March 7th public hearings on the concept plan to restructure the state’s FamilyCare and IRIS programs
Proposal to Transform Delivery of Local Veterans Services a Bad Idea
“I am not sure why Secretary Scocos and the Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing a plan that could sacrifice the local connection points to Veterans services the CVSO officers provide. This is careless
Erpenbach Calls for Corrections Reforms Immediately
... The staffing shortages that were a direct result of Governor Walker’s Act 10 have never been resolved by the administration or the DOC. The burden for staffing shortages continues to fall solely on the backs of officers working in our institutions