Wisconsin Budget Part 1

Wisconsin Budget Part 1


“FROM YOUR ELECTION HEADQUARTERS–THIS IS NEWSMAKER SUNDAY” . FROM WFRV TV LOCAL 5, YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS. THIS IS “NEWSMAKER SUNDAY” WITH A HOST TOM ZALASKI. GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO “NEWSMAKER SUNDAY”. I AM TOM ZALASKI. WISCONSIN LEGISLATION WILL BEGIN DEBATE NEXT TWO YEARS STATE BUDGET. THIS IS GOV. TONY EVERS’S FIRST BUDGET SINCE TAKING OFFICE IN JANUARY. COVERS STATE SPENDING BEGINNING JULY 1 UNTIL JUNE 30, 2021. DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR WAS CALLED THE SPENDING PLAN, THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET .” WITH JOINT FINANCE RATING SPECIFICS OF $81.5 BILLION PLANT NEXT WEEK OF WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY VOTES FOLLOWED BY STATE SENATE BEFORE THE LEGISLATION HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK FOR HIS APPROVAL. JOINING US TO DISCUSS THE PROCESS OF CREATING A STATE BUDGET, WE HAVE PRIVILEGE OF BEING JOINED BY JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE — COULD BE WITH YOU. THIS IS A SUPER BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR YOU. FROM WHAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT WITH YOU, GOVERNOR EVERS AND THE BUDGET, GIVE US AN OVERALL, HOW DOES THIS PROCESS WORK? WHETHER IT’S GOV. TONY EVERS OR GOVERNOR WALKER BEFORE HIM, THE GOVERNOR HAS THE FIRST CAKE AT THE CANNES BASICALLY. HE WRITES THE BUDGET, THEN SENDS IT OVER TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THAT’S OUR OPPORTUNITY TO RESHAPE THE BUDGET. CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES THAT WE HAVE.AT THE END OF THE DAY, BUDGET THEN PASSES BOTH HOUSE LEGISLATURE IN GOES TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK AND HE IS A VERY POWERFUL VETO PEN TO RESHAPE IT IN MANY WAYS.>>YOU HAVE DONE THIS A TIME OR TWO. HOW HAS THIS PROCESS DIFFERED UNDER TONY EVERS AS OPPOSED TO WHEN YOU DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WALKER? I THINK THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS OBVIOUSLY BEING — REPUBLICANS HAD BOTH — BOTH HOUSES. LEGISLATURE AS WELL. WE NOW HAVE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR. WE WERE NOT IN THE ROOM IN THE BUDGET WAS CRAFTED. HE GOT HIS PREFERENCES IN THE BUDGET FIRST. NOW WE HAVE BEEN VERY CAREFUL IN TAKING REVIEW TO HIS BUDGET. THE BIGGEST ISSUE WE HAD OF THE LEGISLATURES HOW HE CAN RESHAPE IT. HE IS THE LAST KICK OF THE CAN AS WELL BY USING VERY POWERFUL VETO PEN. TRADITIONAL BUDGET WISCONSIN HAS ABOUT 12500 PAGES OF TEXT IN THIS BUDGET ONLY HAS 511 PAGES BECAUSE WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING HIM TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH BASICALLY TOO MANY WORDS IN THE DOCUMENT TO BE ABLE TO RESHAPE IT OR PLAY MISCHIEF WITH WHAT OUR INTENT IS. WE WILL HEAR FROM GOVERNOR EVERS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST TOPICS IN LIGHT OF THE PUBLIC IS THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, FUNDING FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS. GOVERNOR EVERS IS IN FAVOR OF SEPARATE GALLON GAS TAX, HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ITEM IN MADISON LAST WEEK. OUR SOLUTION DOES NOT FORCE WISCONSINITES TO PAY THE ENTIRE BILL WITH MASSIVE FEE INCREASES. BY PROPOSING A SMALL INCREASE IN THE GAS TAX, LESS THAN A DIME, WE CAN ENSURE THAT DRIVERS FOR MINNESOTA AND ILLINOIS WHO USE OUR ROADS ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE. THE $6.6 BILLION INVESTMENT MADE IN THIS BUDGET TO TRANSPORTATION NEEDS IS LARGER THAN EVER BEFORE WHILE AUTHORIZING THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF NEW BONDING FOR HIGHWAY PURPOSES IN THE LAST TWO DECADES. GOV TONY EVERS, JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE IS IT HAS A DIFFERENT IDEA ON ALL THIS, HOW WISCONSINITES PAY FOR THIS. JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE SUGGESTING WISCONSINITES PAY EXTRA $10 TO REGISTER THEIR VEHICLES AND ADDING ADDITIONAL $95 FOR A CAR TITLE. HOW THAT PROCESS WORK? AVERAGE CITIZEN OF WISCONSIN BUYS A CAR EVERY 5 YEARS. ARNOLD POLK SAYS EVERY 71 MONTHS. JUST A BIT SHORT OF SIX YEARS. SO OUR PROPOSAL, RAISING AND $95, IT’S A BIG INCREASE. HOWEVER, IF YOU LOOK AT IT OVER THE COURSE OF THE 5 YEARS, ALMOST 6 YEARS, ABOUT 1516 A YEAR OF AN INCREASE. THE GAS TAX PROPOSAL, THERE ARE TWO PROBLEMS WITH IT: FIRST OF ALL, THE BUILDING AUTOMATICALLY BUILDS INCREASES EVERY TWO YEARS BASED ON CBI. IF YOU ARE ELECTED TO LEAD, YOU HAVE TO STAND UP AND SAY YES, I SUPPORT TAX INCREASE EVERY TWO YEARS RATHER THAN AUTOMATICALLY BUILDING IT IN. SECOND, PROBLEM IS WITH MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLES, HYBRID, MORE FUEL-EFFICIENT CARS ON THE ROAD, MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLES, WE WILL SEE THAT THE GAS TAX WILL NOT KEEP PACE WITH THE INFLATIONARY COST OF OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. THAT’S ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE GAS TAX ONLY SOLUTION. WE BELIEVE 15 OR $16 A MONTH VERSUS AVERAGE CITIZEN UNDER TENTS AND GAS TAX INCREASE WILL PAY ABOUT $60 A YEAR. HOURS ACTUALLY HAS A LOWER COST ON CITIZENS IN THE STATE OF WISCONSIN BUT STILL ACCOMPLISHES THE GOALS OF IMPROVING OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. GOVERNOR SAYS WE, WISCONSINITES, SHOULD NOT BE IN THE ONLY ONES PAYING FOR THE ROADS. IS HE WRONG? I DON’T PERSONALLY DISAGREE WITH HIM ON THAT. IN GOVERNMENT THOUGH, WE HAVE TO GET VOTES TO BE ABLE TO PASS IT, PASS THE BUDGET. IN THE PAST, I ADVOCATED FOR LOOKING AT OTHER WAYS OF PASSING ON THOSE COSTS ON STATE DRIVERS. ONE OF THE THINGS IN THE BUDGET IS A STUDY. ASKING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO LOOK AT OTHER WAYS IN THE FUTURE OF HOW WE MAY BE ABLE TO FUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. COULD BE TOLLING, VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED, MORE AND MORE TECHNOLOGY IN THE FUTURE WILL PROVIDE US MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO FUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM BASED ON THE MILES YOU DRIVE RATHER THAN FLAT AMOUNT. YOUR VIEW ON ELIMINATING THE MINIMUM MARKUP LAW ON THE SALE GOSLING. IT’S AN IDEA WITH REPUBLICANS IN THE ASSEMBLY ACTUALLY PUT FORWARD TWO YEARS AGO. THE FISCAL BUREAU, WHO ACTUALLY SCORES EVERYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO THE STATE BUDGET, SAID THEY COULD NOT SCORE AND WOULD SAVE CONSUMERS ANY MONEY AT THE PUMP. WHILE IT IS A POSSIBILITY, POSSIBLY GOOD SELLING POINT AND FREE-MARKET CONCEPT THAT I’M SUPPORTIVE OF, WOULD NOT NECESSARILY DELIVER ANY SAVINGS OR DOLLARS TO ACTUALLY FUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. LIMITED TO HEALTHCARE. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS’ DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO TAP INTO FEDERAL FUNDING TO EXPAND MEDICAID AND SAYS IT WILL HELP COVER MORE PEOPLE UNINSURED. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ISSUE. JUST TODAY, THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ANNOUNCED WISCONSIN TAXPAYERS ARE ALREADY PAYING $1 BILLION PER YEAR TO OTHER STATES TO EXPAND THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAM. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I THINK IT IS TIME TO BRING THOSE DOLLARS BACK TO WISCONSIN TO FUND HEALTHCARE RIGHT HERE. JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO GO ANOTHER WAY ON THAT ISSUE. DESCRIBE THE ALTERNATIVE PLAN. SURE. WE ARE TAPPING INTO FEDERAL RESOURCES BUT NOT EXPANDING WELFARE TO DO THAT. ETIQUETTE PROGRAM, ORIGINALLY TENDED TO BE, FIRST I WAS UNDER GOVERNOR WALKER WISCONSIN FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ACTUALLY COVERED EVERYBODY IN POVERTY, 100 PERCENT OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. WHAT GOVERNOR EVERS IS PROPOSING IS BE EXPANDED FROM 101 THROUGH 138 PERCENT OF FOLKS GO ON TO MEDICAID. IT’S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT HEARING BROWN COUNTY THROUGH THE EXCHANGE, HE MENTIONED REPUBLICANS AND OBAMACARE, NOT SOMETHING I’M NECESSARILY A HUGE FAN OF, BUT UNDER THE FEDERAL EXCHANGE, PERSON BETWEEN 101 AND 138 PERCENT OF PROVERTY CAN PURCHASE INSURANCE WITH $50 ANNUAL DEDUCTIBLE FOR $0.18 AMOUNTS. SO IT’S ALREADY CONSIDERABLY AFFORDABLE FOR THE AVERAGE CITIZEN AND AT THE SAME TIME IT’S A PRIVATE PAY INSURANCE RATE, YOU ARE REIMBURSING HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS BASED ON COST, NOT BASED ON GOVERNMENT RATE, ACTUALLY PAYS DOLLARS, $0.65 ON THE DOLLAR PER COST. BY GOING THE GOVERNOR EVERS’ ROUTE, YOU ARE SHIFTING MORE PEOPLE ONTO THIS GOVERNMENT PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY DRIVES UP COSTS FOR OTHER CITIZENS. IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE COME TO THE ECONOMY IS AS STRONG AS IT IS, JOBS AVAILABLE AS THEY ARE, WE WANT TO FOSTER AN ECONOMY THAT DRIVES PEOPLE TO THE WORLD OF WORK. THEY HAVE COVERAGE ALREADY. LET’S NOT EXPAND OUR WELFARE ROLLS WHEN IT’S NOTNECESSARY. THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A TOUGH ISSUE . NEITHER SIDE WANTS TO GIVE AN INCH ON THIS, SEEMINGLY. COULD THIS HOLD UP THE WHOLE BUDGET PROCESS? ETIQUETTE CODE. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE BUDGET WE PUT TOGETHER, WE MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR GOVERNOR EVERS TO SAY NO. DIFFERENT PRIORITIES HE RAN ON, EDUCATION FUNDING, GOT OVER $600 MILLION IN FUNDING, 604 PER DOLLAR PER INCREASE OVER THE TWO YEARS. WE INCREASE SPECIAL ED FUNDING TO 30 PERCENT, 22 PERCENT INCREASE, THAT’S WHAT HE ASKED FOR IN HIS LAST BUDGET, DPI SECRETARY. INCREASE, THAT’S CONSISTENT WITH WHAT HE CALLED A KID FRIENDLY BUDGET TWO YEARS AGO. ON MEDICAID, WE ADDRESS THE REAL CONCERNS THAT OUR CITIZENS HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE. MEDICAID IS UNDER REIMBURSED AS WE TALKED ABOUT. WE PUMP FUNDS INTO THOSE AREAS MOST UNDER REIMBURSED. NURSING HOMES ARE CLOSING AT ALARMING RATE IN OUR STATE, PERSONAL CARE WORKERS, DIRECT CARE WORKERS, PEOPLE PROVIDING SERVICES TO OUR ELDERLY AND DISABLED. BECAUSE ECONOMY IS SO GOOD, YOU CAN GET A JOB AT A PLACE LIKE QUICK CHECK FOR 12 OR $14 AN HOUR YET WE ONLY UNFORTUNATELY PAY WORKERS IN THOSE FACILITIES SIMILAR RATE. TOUGH WORK. WE SHOULD PAY THEM BETTER, ACTUALLY PUMPING RESOURCES AND TO DO THAT. I BELIEVE WE ARE ADDRESSING MANY SAME PRIORITIES HE HAD, HE HAD A MIDDLE-CLASS TASK CUT AS JULIE . AT THE END OF THE DAY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO SAY NO TO THIS BUDGET. WE CONTINUE WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVEJOHN NYGREN.

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