Dear Friends,

I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July!  I was glad to see so many people at the parades in our area.  Thanks to everyone who said hello!

We are continuing to make progress on the state budget.  I am very optimistic we will reach a solution soon.  Governor Walker is offering a compromise that I think can be a big part of solving our transportation issues.

As always, if you have any ideas on how to improve our great state, including how to improve the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me at  Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov  or 608-266-5830.   

On Wisconsin!

Wisconsin's Medicaid Budget Has a Surplus - Again!

I am pleased with the efforts by the Department of Health Services to save $325 million.  This is the third straight year we won't have to pass a budget repair bill to cover a deficit in the Medicaid budget.
 
While having a surplus this large in Medicaid is rare, it's a testament to responsible and careful budgeting.  Wisconsin was able to cover everyone living in poverty without taking the Obamacare expansion.  Once again, our state is leading in reforms.
 
It's our hope the success Wisconsin has enjoyed will lead to more flexibility from the federal government.  As Congress wrestles with the best way to replace Obamacare, I hope they look to how Wisconsin has ensured everyone can get coverage while still protecting taxpayers.
Plan Your Summer Vacation

If you are looking to explore more of Wisconsin, here's a handy link to plan your trip!

Don't forget even though Summerfest ends this weekend, there is still plenty to see.  Check it out here.
Around the 8th...
My granddaughter Andie visited me during the 4th of July.  We had a great time celebrating our nation's independence!
Senator Alberta Darling | Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov | 1-800-863-1113| http://darling.senate.wisconsin.gov
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