April 9, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic is creating severe economic hardship for many Wisconsinites, and especially for those who were already furthest from opportunity. It has helped reveal the stark disparities in our nation, particularly for people of color, because it has amplified the disparities and has given them potentially fatal consequences. To help ease the disastrous health and economic consequences of the pandemic, Governor Evers has proposed a number of budget increases and policy changes in the state’s public assistance programs.
April 6, 2020 — Wisconsin faces a deadline of April 16 to qualify for hundreds of millions of dollars from federal Medicaid funding. Almost all of the other states have already qualified for the funding, and they have typically done so by executive branch action, but a lame duck law has impeded that in Wisconsin.
March 18, 2020 — Communities across the country are scrambling to mitigate the harm done by the coronavirus. But local governments in Wisconsin are finding that the state government has tied their hands by blocking several steps that communities could take to protect the health and well-being of their residents.
March 5, 2019 – Everyone in Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to fully benefit from the state’s economic growth. Our economy, our communities, our schools, and our families will fare better when every person in the state has full access to opportunity. This document outlines four key strategies for enabling Wisconsin to move forward on a path to shared prosperity.
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.