I wasn’t shocked since we had that spoiler yesterday. Yeah, it’s that bad. ~9% almost $900M. Hmm. I know a lot of people (myself included) believe throwing money at a problem doesn’t work. Taking away money isn’t going to solve it either, though. The teachers lose their bargaining rights, and the entire state’s school system loses almost $1B in funding. Teachers are a resilient lot, though. They practically live by the making do with less mantra. Wave bye bye to music and art classes. They’re usually the first to go.
He also wants to cut $500M from Medicaid. He would achieve this by including increasing co-pays and deductibles and requiring Seniors to be enrolled in Medicare Part D. The latter makes sense if they can be covered anyway. But increasing co-pays and deductibles? Hello. They’re poor. That’s why they’re on Medicaid. Where are they going to get the extra money for co-pays and deductibles? Pick and choose meds time. And there’s always the ER where you can run up a bill, not pay, and discharge it in bankruptcy. Problem solved.
OK, now I don’t want to be completely negative. Just mostly. There are things I do like in his budget.
- Exclusion of capital gains on investments in Wisconsin-based businesses
- Elimination of positions vacant for more than a year
Very nice. More attractive if you don’t have to pay both federal and state capital gains taxes.
It might suck, but it seems the department stayed afloat without that position filled.
I like this in theory. How they intend to pay for all those prisoners is another story.
So there you have it. A few lonely buoys of good in a sea of bad and ugly. Good luck, Wisconsinites.