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Top 10 Reasons to Take the Federal Funds to Improve BadgerCare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides funding for states to expand health insurance coverage for low-income adults who have income below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). That part of the ACA gave Wisconsin a great opportunity to close a very large gap in BadgerCare – coverage for “childless adults” (adults who aren’t custodial parents of a dependent child).

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Overview: Youth Aids and Juvenile Correction Costs in the 2013-15 Budget

Following a biennium in which the Youth Aids Allocation was reduced by about 17%(about 10% of which was a permanent reduction that becomes the “base” for 2013-15 and about $7 million that was “lapsed” back to the general fund) two of the three juvenile correctional institutions (JCI) were closed, and the daily rates charged to counties were increased, the 2013-15 proposal regrettably does not restore all of the reductions while still increasing the daily charges to counties for services.

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Invest in our Future: Support Strong Public Schools–WCCF’s recommendations for K-12 education in the 2013-15 Budget

Governor Walker has proposed a two-year budget that significantly expands resources for voucher and charter schools, and provides a large increase in spending for assessment of pupils and schools. At first glance, it appears to also give Wisconsin’s public schools a raise in general funding, but a closer look reveals that this is largely an illusion.

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Create a Healthier Wisconsin by Insuring More People

Increasing health care coverage is an important step in improving the health of Wisconsinites.
Unfortunately, the Governor’s budget decreases coverage by ending BadgerCare for about 89,000 parents
and 6,000 childless adults over the poverty level. This was done in order to add to BadgerCare about
80,000 childless adults with income below the federal poverty level (FPL).

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Child Care and Early Learning in the Governor’s 2013-15 Budget

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal related to child care and early learning is disappointing. For those hoping for a significant strengthening of YoungStar and adjustments in Wisconsin Shares payment policies will find little to cheer about, except for a modest change in the YoungStar tiered reimbursement system.

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Restore $35 million in Child Care Funding

Two years ago the Wisconsin Legislature approved YoungStar with strong bipartisan support. This was a prudent investment to improve early learning for children from low-income working families receiving Wisconsin Shares subsidy payments.

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Invest Resources to Collect Taxes Owed

Wisconsin should devote additional resources to collecting unpaid taxes that are owed to the
state. Increasing the amount of money and staff devoted to enforcing state tax laws would
increase the amount of revenue available to fund vital public services and also reduce the unfair burden on citizens who already pay the
taxes they legally owe.

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