Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50: Born from Compromise, Continuing in Controversy

Jul 30, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 29, 2015 “Whatever you do,” the elderly woman in Gilmanton told me a few years ago, “Keep your government-run hands off my Medicare.” Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 years old on July 30, 2015. After decades of political leaders grappling on the issue of health care, it was in 1965, that then President Lyndon Johnson signed ...

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Art Mirrors our Environment

Jul 22, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 22, 2015 “If you came to Stockholm today, you came up or over a river,” musician Julie Patchouli told the folks gathered at the 42nd Annual Art Fair. The musical group, known by Julie’s last name, began a rousing river song as part of the celebration of art in the village of Stockholm, Wisconsin. Stockholm is ...

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Governor Walker’s Vetoes Remove Legislative Oversight

Jul 17, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 15, 2015 “I object to the infringement on gubernatorial power and duties,” wrote Governor Walker in his veto message. By his budget vetoes he made it clear he did not want legislative oversight. The governor removed at least 15 portions of state law passed by the legislature that provided legislative authority or provided oversight of the ...

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Sen. Vinehout: Statement on Budget

Jul 8, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 7, 2015 (MADISON)  State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) released the following statement following the State Senate action on the 2015-17 State Budget bill: “Budgets are all about choices. Unfortunately, the budget passed by the Senate majority party represents political choices, not the choices of Wisconsin families.” “People from across the state asked the Legislature to invest in ...

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A Flurry of New Policy Slipped in by Budget Committee

Jul 6, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 8, 2015 I didn’t expect to look up telephone laws reading the state budget. Snuck in the end of the Joint Finance Committee’s work is a law change that could affect the safety of rural residents. It had me asking, “What if you picked up the phone to call 911 and heard no dial tone?” Rural residents ...

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Four (Not so Easy) Ways to Balance the Transportation Budget

Jul 4, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

July 1, 2015 “If it was up to you,” the Chamber of Commerce moderator asked area legislators, “How would you solve the transportation problem?” Budget talks are stalled. Legislators can’t seem to find a way through the labyrinth of interests stalking the Capitol halls. One main sticking point is how to balance the transportation budget. Governor Walker left ...

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