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State Law Can’t Adequately Protect People with Pre-existing Conditions

November 2, 2018 — Governor Walker promised on Thursday that he will protect insurance coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions by putting “the exact same language that’s in the Affordable Care Act” into state statutes. The Governor’s statement would be somewhat reassuring for health care advocates like myself if amending state statutes were a viable option for preserving the ACA’s protections for people who have ongoing medical conditions. However, in addition to the fact that the state Senate has shown no inclination to pass such legislation, there are several reasons why that strategy is not a workable alternative to the protections provided by the federal law.

The Contributions of Immigrants in Wisconsin are Critical to Shared Prosperity

March 4, 2018 — Wisconsin’s economy needs immigrant workers. Policymakers should make sure that immigrants in Wisconsin have the opportunity to thrive and contribute to Wisconsin’s shared prosperity, both as community members and workers. When immigrants do well—both in the workplace and in families and communities—we all succeed.

Five Reasons the Foxconn Deal Would be Bad for Wisconsin

August 21, 2017 — The proposed package of incentives aimed at encouraging Foxconn to build a manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin could cost the state more than $3 billion in the next 15 years. This analysis summarizes five of the reasons why the proposed deal is a poor use of public resources.

The Significant Risk of Never Breaking Even on Foxconn Subsidies

August 16, 2017 — When the Legislative Fiscal Bureau wrote that it would take until at least 2043 for Wisconsin to break even on the Foxconn subsidies, they were summarizing an analysis that used the “best case” assumptions. Using the same methodology and most of the same assumptions, a new Wisconsin Budget Project analysis calculates that other scenarios within the range described by Foxconn could mean that the cost of the state subsidies would not be recovered until 2050 or 2058.