The Clock Is Ticking
Apparently they’re going
to take up whatever misguided backroom income tax cut deal they’ve cooked up in
haste. Will it favor the wealthiest Wisconsinites? Or really, really favor the
wealthiest Wisconsinites? Such a tough decision. A few hundred million here, a few hundred million there. Adds up to real money at some point.
After that, they can blast
their way through public education funding and Medicaid expansion. So many details,
so little time. On education, I’m sure the biggest problem is figuring out how
to word the voucher school expansion provision so that legislators can vote for a
limited expansion while allowing Gov. Scott Walker to take it statewide,
without restrictions, with the stroke of a line-item veto pen.
On to Medicaid. Now,
anyone who’s looked at the cold, hard facts knows that taking the federal
dollars to expand Medicaid is the best option. It would cover the most
low-income Wisconsinites, use the fewest state tax dollars and prevent a whole
lot of uncompensated care at hospitals around the state.
But, as usual when the
Republicans are in the majority, logic and cold, hard facts don’t matter.
Walker wants to reject the
Medicaid expansion because he’s running for president and needs to set himself
apart from the other Republican governors who are taking the money.
The only issue facing the
Republican-led JFC is how much money they’re going to offer their friends in
the hospital industry who will be penalized by their decision. And full funding
for health care for low-income Wisconsinites? That’s not even on their radar.