Weekly Democratic radio address: "Protecting Wisconsin Families and Seniors" 

MADISON – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In his radio message, Sen. Erpenbach talks about the dramatic changes to SeniorCare, IRIS and Family Care that are being proposed by Republicans. 

"These changes would dismantle Wisconsin’s successful long-term care system and have a negative impact for many Wisconsinites. Senior citizens like Donald from Spring Green and Alice from Florence who have called my office are against Gov. Walker's changes to SeniorCare saying they will cost more and limit access to affordable health care." - Sen. Jon Erpenbach


The audio file of this week’s address can be found here: http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen27/erpenbach3.25.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, I’m State Senator Jon Erpenbach with this week’s Democratic radio address. As a member of the Joint Committee on Finance I have traveled across the state and listened to residents express their concerns and one thing is clear. 

"Wisconsin families are strongly opposed to Governor Walker’s budget. A major area of concern that we have heard over and over again in budget hearings are the dramatic changes Republicans have proposed to SeniorCare, IRIS and FamilyCare.

"These changes would dismantle Wisconsin’s successful long-term care system and have a negative impact for many Wisconsinites, like Lyndsay who testified in Rice Lake. IRIS allows her the freedom to hire people who she is comfortable with, allowing her to live both safely and happily; or Eric who testified in Brillion about his small business and does not know if changes to his long-term care will affect his independence or business.

"Senior citizens like Donald from Spring Green and Alice from Florence who have called my office are against Gov. Walker's changes to SeniorCare saying they will cost more and limit access to affordable health care. These stories are just a snapshot of the more than tens of thousands of Wisconsin families who would be impacted.

"Our goal as Democratic Legislators on the Joint Committee on Finance is to create a Wisconsin where we invest and grow in our state rather than cut and borrow. Clearly Governor Walker's budget needs some work."