PRESS RELEASE: Lassa calls for public hearing on budget repair bill
MADISON (PRESS RELEASE)--State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Walker's announcement of his budget repair bill, which may take millions of dollars from the SeniorCare Prescription Drug Program, drastically changes the BadgerCare Health Insurance Program for children and families, and makes radical policy changes affecting hundreds of thousands of middle class workers throughout the state.
"I call on the Republican leadership not to ramrod through this budget before legislators and the public have an opportunity to know what is in the proposal. It is crucial that the public have the opportunity to speak at one or more public hearings to voice their opinion on Governor Walker's budget repair bill and the impact it will have on the people of this state before bringing it to the floor of the Legislature for a vote.
"We have yet to see this legislation, but Walker has talked about taking $20 million from the crucial SeniorCare Prescription Drug Program which helps seniors all across this state pay for lifesaving medications. The bill will also jeopardize health care for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who rely on health insurance coverage through the BadgerCare program that serves one out of every five Wisconsin citizens. We do know the bill creates the most extreme changes to employee relations provisions in generations by stripping away workers' ability to have a voice in their workplace.
"Respect for the democratic process requires that both legislators and the public have time to understand what is in the Governor's budget repair bill and that citizens have a right to express their opinions at a public hearing. I urge Republicans not to railroad this sweeping proposal through the Legislature before hearing from the public."