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Next week the State Senate is expected to take up the budget in session. Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers, along with Secretary-Designees and Legislative Democrats, stood in opposition to the Republican budget proposal. As Republicans prepare to pass a budget that in far too many areas forces Wisconsinites to pay more to get less, Democrats are speaking out in opposition to the GOP’s misplaced priorities.

Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27




Statement from Senator Erpenbach: The GOP Budget: Wisconsinites Pay More to Get Less

According to a Department of Revenue analysis, Wisconsin taxpayers will pay $1 billion a year to support the Medicaid expansion in other states. In other words, over the biennium, Republicans are asking Wisconsinites to make a $2 billion donation to expand coverage in other states, while receiving no financial benefit or return. As Wisconsin residents are begging for common-sense policies to help them get by, Republicans continue to do the opposite.

Their refusal to expand Medicaid is not the only place in the budget that contains handouts to other states while hurting Wisconsinites. By letting out-of-state drivers off the hook for paying for our infrastructure, Republicans are simply kicking the can down the road instead of correcting 8 years of policies detrimental to our state.

Plain and simple, the Republican budget is fiscally irresponsible. As Republicans continue to peel away and speak out against their own proposals, I am hopeful that our communities will get the investments that have lacked over the past 8 years. It is time that we stop making Wisconsinites pay more to get less. It’s time to pass the People’s Budget.


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The Department of Revenue released an analysis on the consequences of Wisconsin not expanding Medicaid:

On July 19, 2019, the Department of Revenue released an analysis that found that Wisconsin residents will pay around $1.01 billion a year in federal income taxes to support the Medicaid expansion in other states.  

Summary: since January 1, 2014, 37 states have expanded Medicaid to cover non-elderly adults with an income of 138% of the federal poverty line. Medicaid is jointly funded by state and federal dollars, and in 2019, the United States spent $69 billion to support the expansion of coverage. Wisconsin residents contribute to these costs through their federal income taxes, but without expanding Medicaid, see no financial benefit or return. 

It is estimated that, over the biennium, Wisconsinites will pay $2.07 billion to expand coverage in other states, regardless of if Republicans choose to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin. 

Read the full analysis here. 



Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from the DATCP: Celebrate National Pollinator Week: Invite Pollinators to Your Yard

"National Pollinator Week June 17-23 is a great time to take a few steps that will make your yard a good home for the insects that are so vital to our food supply.


Many people think of honeybees when they think of pollinators, and they are important. But Wisconsin also is home to about 400 species of native bees, including about 20 species of bumblebees. One of those is the rusty patched bumble bee, which is on the federal endangered species list. Many of the native bees are small and most people would not recognize them as bees. Monarch butterflies and some native fly species also help pollinate crops.

Vegetable gardens, fruit trees and shrubs, flower gardens and even your lawn can all provide habitat for both honeybees and native pollinating insects.

Find tips and read more here. 

Update from the DNR:

  • June 17-23 is Pollinator Week.  With many of Wisconsin’s important pollinator species in decline, creating habitat and helping monitor populations are two of the most important steps concerned citizens can take to support those species.  Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are crucial for a wide variety of Wisconsin-grown agricultural commodities.



  • DNR is seeking public comment on a proposed administrative rule related to the agency’s Surface Water Grant program, which helps organizations and local units of government improve and protect lakes, rivers and wetlands.  The public comment period runs through July 24th.


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