Avatar
All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

DHS wants 16 percent budget increase

Empower Wisconsin | Sept 22, 2020

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — The state agency that led the lockdown of Wisconsin’s citizens and economy is seeking a whopping 16.4 percent increase its 2021-23 budget.

Tax-and-spend Gov. Tony Evers’ agencies are coming hat in hand with their budget requests for the next biennium, as concerns grow about the impact of the pandemic and restrictive health orders on the state’s economy and revenue picture.

The state Department of Health Services is seeking one of the steeper budget increases in Wisconsin government, driven by requests for billions in additional state and federal funding for continuing costs of Medicaid, and Medicaid expansion.

DHS wants north of $1.14 billion in state fund increases, and $1.71 billion more federal money to fund projected Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus benefit expenditures — at least the way the liberal health bureaucrats calculate it. That’s on top of program revenue and segregated fund increases for the ballooning welfare program.

The total biennial cost to operate the Medicaid program over 2021-23 biennium, according to DHS, is “projected to be” $11.19 billion (all funds considered) in fiscal year 2022 and $11.79 billion in fiscal year 2023. That’s a massive chunk of an $83 billion state budget that big spender Evers will look to substantially increase — despite unsettled economic times.

“It’s what you would expect in a grow government administration led by Tony Evers,” state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) said. Stroebel serves on the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee.

He said it appears Evers’ bureaucrats want to significantly expand Medicaid in the coming years — at taxpayers expense.

Stroebel said he’ll have to see what the governor ultimately delivers, but he has concerns that agencies don’t appear to be taking into account the significant infusion in funding they got from the federal government in the wake of the pandemic.

“They are awash in cash right now, yet they need more. That’s crazy,” the senator said.

Listen to more:

Explore More
Evers busted in unemployment blame game

Evers busted in unemployment blame game

While Democrat Gov. Tony Evers blames Republican lawmakers for failing to upgrade the state’s Unemployment Insurance information technology system, the co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee say the administration has long had the power to begin fixing the IT system. 

Read More »

January 26, 2021
Wisconsin Guard members back home from D.C.

Wisconsin Guard members back home from D.C.

Hundreds of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen are back home after a week of securing the Nation’s Capital in the days before and after the presidential inauguration. 

Read More »

January 26, 2021
Fauci highest-paid federal employee

Fauci highest-paid federal employee

Dr. Anthony Fauci raked in $417,608 in compensation from the federal government in 2019, putting the nation’s infectious disease expert at the top of the income chart above the rest of its 4 million federal employees, Forbes Magazine reported Monday.

Read More »

January 26, 2021
Eating COVID politics

Eating COVID politics

Several mayors and governors of U.S. blue cities and states are suddenly lifting restrictions on indoor dining at bars and restaurants. What changed? 

Read More »

January 26, 2021
Leave it to Evers: Profiles in incompetence

Leave it to Evers: Profiles in incompetence

Need a laugh? Sure, we all could use a chuckle these dark days. The Washington Post … No, that’s not the punchline yet. 

Read More »

January 25, 2021
4th-grade teacher gives students lesson in Trump-hating

4th-grade teacher gives students lesson in Trump-hating

An Oconto Falls Elementary school teacher told his 4th-grade students that he hopes President Donald Trump will never be president again and that the former president should be “impeached by the Senate,” according to video obtained by Empower Wisconsin.

Read More »

January 25, 2021
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *