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May 10, 2019
REstore Measures that Support Vulnerable AND common good in state budget!
In February, Governor Evers introduced his proposed biennial state budget for 2019-21 ( Senate Bill 59 and Assembly Bill 56 ). In its first action on the budget bills, the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) eliminated more than 130 provisions of the budget proposal. The motion was passed by a 11-4 party-line vote in a committee on which the Republicans hold a majority. Included in the removed provisions were four items that the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) had previously urged legislators to retain as measures that promote the life and dignity of the human person and the common good. These items, detailed in the WCC's 2019-21 Budget Issue Brief , include:  
  • Medicaid expansion
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion
  • Returning 17-year-old offenders to the juvenile justice system
  • Driver licenses and ID cards for undocumented residents 
Please contact your State Senator and Representative today and urge them to restore these provisions in the state budget proposal as a matter of human dignity. More details on each of these budget measures can be found in the WCC's 2019-21 Budget Issue Brief .
To contact your State legislators, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website at http://legis.wisconsin.gov and use the "Find Your Legislator" tool, or call the State Legislative Hotline, 1-800-362-9472.
Questions? Contact the WCC at 608-257-0004 or office@wisconsincatholic.org .