Northeastern Wisconsin residents were left out today when Governor Scott Walker signed the state's biennial budget, which does not include long-awaited funding for Family Care.
90th Assembly District Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay), who opposed the budget, finds it unfortunate that his republican colleagues representing the region still voted to approve the budget.
1st Assembly District Representative Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) stands by his approval of the document.
Bies believes that legislation has a good chance of going through. One thing he was able to get into this budget was funding to study the sustainability of extending Family Care to northeastern Wisconsin. Bies hopes the study and the legislation will come together successfully to obtain the necessary funds.
Door and Kewaunee County have teamed up with five other counties in northeastern Wisconsin to push for funding for more than six years with no avail. The long-term, state-funded healthcare program is available to residents in 57 Wisconsin counties.
You can read a previous story about Family Care here.