Listening Session Held for Proposed Budget Cuts for Senior Programs

By Ryan Burk, WSAW-TV (Channel 7)


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Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland and Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point held a listening session Friday to hear concerns from Central Wisconsin residents regarding proposed changes to Governor Scott Walker’s budget. The session was designed to specifically address the impact that the budget could have on services that are provided for seniors and the disabled.
Many who attended expressed concerns that budget cuts would impact Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state. Among those who spoke, many pointed out the ways that the ADRC has helped to benefit them. Several said they don’t want to see the system change.
"What sense does it make to cut a budget and have people get thoroughly sick? What sense does it make for those people to go from a managed care option to for profit insurance?” asked Portage County resident Donna Gallegos.
While Republicans were not in attendance at Friday’s listening session, Newschannel 7 spoke with both Representative Bob Kulp of Stratford and Representative John Spiros of Marshfield. Both said that the budget proposal is still up for discussion and that they expect some revisions to be made.