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Building Commission Approves Key State Projects PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 22 February 2019 15:43

uwm-mitchellMADISON - On Wednesday, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state, including:

  • Design and construction of UW-Milwaukee Sandburg Hall renovation project, UW-Platteville Boebel Hall addition and renovation phase II, and UW-River Falls Dairy Plant remodel;
  • Release of Building Trust Funds to complete the design of Waupun Correctional Behavior Health Unit/Life Safety improvements, Juvenile Corrections Regional Facilities, and Mendota Mental Health Juvenile Treatment Center;
  • Grant release for 18 Department of Natural Resources Friends Group projects and the completion of Medical College of Wisconsin regional schools; and
  • Various maintenance and repair projects located in 13 counties across the state for the Departments of Administration, Corrections, Military Affairs, Natural Resources, Health Services, and the UW-System.

The Building Commission is chaired by Governor Tony Evers and made up of the following members:

  • State Senator Janis Ringhand;
  • State Senator Jerry Petrowski;
  • State Senator Patrick Testin;
  • State Representative Jill Billings;
  • State Representative Rob Swearingen;
  • State Representative Mark Born; and
  • Citizen member Summer Strand
Better Birth Outcomes Create A Healthier Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Friday, 22 February 2019 13:35

women-health-servicesGovernor's plan puts resources in programs with proven track records of success, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year says Democratic leader Hintz.

MADISON – Governor Evers unveiled a plan Thursday aimed at better birth outcomes and women’s health initiatives. The plan includes $28 million in funding for women's health care and infant mortality reduction. Evers made the announcement with state legislators and advocates at a press event in Milwaukee.

Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the Governor’s plan:

gordon_hintz“One of the most important things we can do as a state government is to foster healthy beginnings for our children. The innovative programs the Governor is proposing will ensure quality health care for women and create better birth outcomes,” Rep. Hintz stated. “This plan puts resources in programs with proven track records of success. Planned Parenthood has been a vital partner in the Fox Valley community, providing access to preventive health care services and treatment, all while saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year. In addition, the Well Woman Program has succeeded in its mission to provide preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. It is encouraging to see a proposed increase in funding for these vital programs.”

The “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” initiative will:

  • Increase funding for home visiting program.
  • Create an Infant Mortality Prevention Program in DHS.
  • Include grant funding for Doula training and Medicaid coverage for doula services.
  • Increase post-partum coverage for women up to a year (currently 60 days).
  • Increase funding for maternal and child services through the minority health grant.
  • Increase funding to the Maternal Child Health Grant and Family Planning to increase access to family planning services.
  • Increase funding for the Well Women Program.

“Every family in Wisconsin should have access to health care services that will lead to a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth, and a healthy child. Unfortunately, some families face an uphill battle to receive equal health care access. No matter your race or socioeconomic access, Wisconsin women deserve access to the needed health care programs to ensure the best outcomes before birth, at birth, and beyond,” Rep. Hintz concluded.

While the most recent data shows the statewide infant mortality rate is at 6.2 infant deaths per 1,000, among African Americans the rate is 14.2 per 1,000. Governor Evers’ plan will address this disparity.

Taylor Wants Real Commitment to Fighting Homelessness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 22 February 2019 13:11

scott-fitzgeraldl-stands-behind-walkerWisconsin needs more than cosmetic funding proposals, we lag behind so many other states.

MADISON – Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement Thursday regarding Republican State legislators press conference proposals aimed at addressing the issue of homelessness.

lena-taylor"I guess we are in a kinder, gentler time. The problem is that my Republican colleagues have been able to walk out of the doors of the Capitol and step over sleeping homeless residents for years. They stood silently by while the Walker administration ran homeless residents out of the Capitol basement, where they could escape the cold or extreme heat, at least during the business hours of the building. They were complicit in many of the policy decisions that have made it harder for Wisconsin residents to break the cycle of poverty. They have vigorously fought measures to add additional funding and initiatives that were brought up by me and my colleagues in finance motions and legislation offered over the years.

I am glad this is on their radar. However, I hope that real dollars, and not cosmetic funding proposals, will be what is proposed. We lag behind so many other states in the funding, programming and necessary legislative commitment to change homelessness in this state. I look forward to finding common ground and action on these issues.”

Evers Announces “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiatives PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:27

childcareNearly $28 Million Investment in State Budget Will Improve Access to Care, Help Address Racial Disparities

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 13:03
Taylor Supports Increased Funding for Local Health Centers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:02

healthHealth Centers meet the unique challenges residents face in the area, funding commitment must be a priority in state budget.

MADISON – Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement Thursday ahead of Governor Tony Evers press announcement about healthcare initiatives in his upcoming budget at a press conference at Milwaukee Health Services in Milwaukee.

lena-taylor"These health centers are the pulse of this community’s health and wellness. For far too long, they have been underfunded and undervalued. While rising to the challenge to meet the unique issues that face residents in the area, they have done so on a shoestring budget. The lines are wrapped around the buildings in the early hours of the morning to access services, many of which must be offered on a limited and first-come, first-serve basis.

For 16-years, I have been saying this is unacceptable. We must be deliberate in our funding commitment and it must be a priority in the state’s budget. Initiatives are welcome and so is adequate funding for Milwaukee Health Services’ existing work.“

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