Joint Finance Committee removes hundreds of provisions from Governor Tony Evers’ budget

Joint Finance Committee removes hundreds of provisions from Governor Tony Evers’ budget

“This is an extension of welfare,” State Rep. Mark Born (R) 39th District said. “I will tell it like it is, and that is what this is.” Legislators on the JFC spent more than an hour debating the importance of expanding Badger Care, a state Medicaid program for low-income Wisconsinites.

Born is also the Co-Chair of the JFC. — Elise Romas (@EliseRomasNBC15) May 6, 2021

JFC vote passes, taking out nearly 400 provisions out of Gov. Evers budget. Including Badger Care. Co-chairs Rep. Born and Sen. Marklein are now about to introduce their own adjustments to the budget. pic.twitter.com/vKWwryUdxE “We all come from different walks of life, but this is just really irritating,” State Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D) 6th District said.

Democrats fought to keep the state Medicaid program in the budget, arguing that poor families and communities are struggling to afford health care, especially during the pandemic. “$1 billion of that $1.6 billion that Republicans are going to say no to, we will never ever have the opportunity to get that back,” State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) 27th District said.

“My colleagues on the left say that this is not affordable. Is $5 a month not affordable?” State Rep. and Assistant Maj. Leader Mary Felzkowski said. Republicans say Wisconsinites are just as able to find coverage under private providers or federal programs like the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We’re still on the first day, there’s a lot of work left to do, and I hope that my colleagues will listen to the people we heard from,” State Rep. Greta Neubauer (D) 66th District said. “We wanted to make sure we were re-setting ourselves to base, we have a large surplus now to work off of for tax cuts and investments in priorities,” Born said. By removing hundreds of these items there is now a surplus of more than $3 billion left to spend.

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