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Budget Blog - Reduced Costs Lead to Big Savings in Health Services Budget

By Chris Rochester and Ola Lisowski - While media coverage centered on drug testing requirements for welfare recipients, the Joint Finance Committee subtlety freed up $38.6 million for other parts of the budget. The committee found more than $230 million in cost to continue savings for the Medical Assistance program, SeniorCare, and the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program and shifted a large portion of those savings to increased reimbursement rates for nursing homes and other caretakers. Read More »

Self-Insurance Savings Now Estimated at $103 Million

MacIver News - Projected savings from adopting a self-insurance model for state employees' health insurance have grown to $103 million over the next budget, officials announced at the Capitol on Friday. Read More »

JFC Continues Tuition Freeze, Rejects 5% Tuition Cut at UW System, Approves Performance-Based Funding

By Ola Lisowski - The Joint Committee on Finance voted along party lines to continue the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze in the 2017-19 state budget, opting to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 5 percent tuition cut for the 2018-19 academic year. JFC agreed to send the system $36 million more compared to the last budget, a $42.5 million cut from Walker's proposal. Read More »

Walker Resolute In Transportation Debate

MacIver News - Governor Scott Walker isn't backing down on the transportation budget. He told reporters in Neenah on Thursday morning his budget means major projects stay on track, locals get more road and bridge aid, and bonding will be at a 16 year low. He said he will veto a gas tax or fee increase. Right now, his biggest concern is that the legislature could pull transportation out of the budget and pass it as separate legislation. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more. Read More »

Four Years After the Slush Fund Scandal: Where Does the UW Stand?

By Jessica Murphy - Today, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will vote on the 2017-19 UW System budget. One key concern that will reappear in this decision - the millions in surplus funds that the UW System has left almost untouched, even after the legislature's requirement to spend more of this "slush fund." Read More »


Budget Blog - Reduced Costs Lead to Big Savings in Health Services Budget

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 26, 2017 10:40 AM
Budget Blog - Reduced Costs Lead to Big Savings in Health Services Budget

By Chris Rochester and Ola Lisowski - While media coverage centered on drug testing requirements for welfare recipients, the Joint Finance Committee subtlety freed up $38.6 million for other parts of the budget. The committee found more than $230 million in cost to continue savings for the Medical Assistance program, SeniorCare, and the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program and shifted a large portion of those savings to increased reimbursement rates for nursing homes and other caretakers. Read More »

Self-Insurance Savings Now Estimated at $103 Million

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 26, 2017 9:50 AM

MacIver News - Projected savings from adopting a self-insurance model for state employees' health insurance have grown to $103 million over the next budget, officials announced at the Capitol on Friday. Read More »

JFC Continues Tuition Freeze, Rejects 5% Tuition Cut at UW System, Approves Performance-Based Funding

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 4:00 PM
JFC Continues Tuition Freeze, Rejects 5% Tuition Cut at UW System, Approves Performance-Based Funding

By Ola Lisowski - The Joint Committee on Finance voted along party lines to continue the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze in the 2017-19 state budget, opting to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 5 percent tuition cut for the 2018-19 academic year. JFC agreed to send the system $36 million more compared to the last budget, a $42.5 million cut from Walker's proposal. Read More »

Walker Resolute In Transportation Debate

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 25, 2017 3:41 PM

MacIver News - Governor Scott Walker isn't backing down on the transportation budget. He told reporters in Neenah on Thursday morning his budget means major projects stay on track, locals get more road and bridge aid, and bonding will be at a 16 year low. He said he will veto a gas tax or fee increase. Right now, his biggest concern is that the legislature could pull transportation out of the budget and pass it as separate legislation. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more. Read More »

Positive Poverty News Clearly Shows a Job and Economic Growth are the Keys to Ending Poverty, Not Government Programs

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 12:53 PM
Positive Poverty News Clearly Shows a Job and Economic Growth are the Keys to Ending Poverty, Not Government Programs

Press Release - Rates of poverty in Wisconsin are at historic lows, according to a new report. The significant decline in poverty, combined with a near-record low unemployment rate, is a clear demonstration that work leads a person out of poverty. Read More »

Four Years After the Slush Fund Scandal: Where Does the UW Stand?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 5:00 AM
Four Years After the Slush Fund Scandal: Where Does the UW Stand?

By Jessica Murphy - Today, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will vote on the 2017-19 UW System budget. One key concern that will reappear in this decision - the millions in surplus funds that the UW System has left almost untouched, even after the legislature's requirement to spend more of this "slush fund." Read More »

Whistleblower UW-P Professor Begins Appeal For Her Job

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 4:30 AM
Whistleblower UW-P Professor Begins Appeal For Her Job

By M.D. Kittle - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville professor who blew the whistle on allegations of misconduct, including retaliation, must make the arguments of her life today in order to save her job. Read More »

UW-Oshkosh Foundation Scandal Raises Questions About 'Cozy' Foundation Relationships

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
UW-Oshkosh Foundation Scandal Raises Questions About 'Cozy' Foundation Relationships

By M.D. Kittle - One Capitol insider asserts the "Oshkosh problem" is part of a broader, troubling trend, a change of mission among the university foundations driven by chancellors who refuse to take no for an answer. Read More »

Chart Smart: FoodShare Employment and Training

Comments | Posted in Charts | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Chart Smart: FoodShare Employment and Training

Chart Smart - Today, we take a look at the FoodShare Employment and Training program. Read More »

Finance Committee Approves Welfare Reform On Tommy@30 Day

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 23, 2017 10:01 PM
Finance Committee Approves Welfare Reform On Tommy@30 Day

By M.D. Kittle - On a day devoted to the legacy of Wisconsin's longest-serving governor and its pioneer welfare reformer, the Legislature's budget committee took up several welfare reform measures. Read More »

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