Agency testimony to highlight rejection of BadgerCare funding and education cuts
MADISON – The state legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is launching into a second straight day of testimony from Gov. Walker’s administration officials regarding the upcoming $2.2 billion budget crisis.
The four Democratic members of the JFC, Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) noted the clear-cut choices highlighted in today’s testimony.
“Budgets are about choices, and Gov. Walker’s budget makes the wrong choices. Instead of investing in our schools and growing our economy through expanded worker training opportunities, Republicans are choosing to cut and borrow their way through the $2.2 billion budget crisis they created.”
The committee will hear testimony from the Department of Health Services regarding Gov. Walker’s proposal to cut $15 million from SeniorCare and reject $345 million in funding for BadgerCare. Additionally, the Department of Public Instruction will present information on Gov. Walker’s cuts to local K-12 schools while further expanding taxpayer subsidies for private voucher schools.
“This budget fails to maintain our Wisconsin values of strong schools, affordable health care access and land conservation for future generations,” the four JFC Democrats said. “Rather than cutting funding for our local schools, forcing layoffs across the state and eroding our proud tradition of land conservation, we should be investing in our communities and putting Wisconsin families first.”