Scott Walker on Welfare & Poverty



Help transition from government dependence to independence

Years ago, under Governor Doyle, eligibility for BadgerCare Plus went up, but not enough funds were budgeted, so many people living in poverty were put on a waiting list. This year, for the first time in Wisconsin history, everyone living in poverty will be able to access health care under Medicaid.

For those living above poverty, we transition them into the marketplace. I believe Medicaid is for those living in poverty, and our goal should be to help lift more and more people out of the depths of economic despair.

Our Wisconsin Plan is unique as we are able to cover everyone living in poverty, reduce the number of uninsured, and still not expose Wisconsin taxpayers to the uncertain potential cost of the federal Medicaid expansion.

Helping more people transition from government dependence to true independence is not only good for the taxpayers, it is good for employers, too. Most importantly, it is good for the people, who can now control their own lives and their own destinies.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Wisconsin legislature , Jan 22, 2014

Public workers should contribute 18.4% to health & pension

The state legislature passed my budget repair bill, known as Act 10, that requires public workers to contribute 5.8% of their salaries to their pensions (up from 0 for most) and to pay 12.6% of their health insurance premiums (up from about 6%). We ended collective bargaining for everything except base wages.

Today, thanks to these reforms, the $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus. Unemployment is down. Our bond rating is solid. For the first time in state history, we set aside money in 2 consecutive years for the rainy day fund. And WI's pension system is the only one in the country that is fully funded.

Seems like common sense, right?

Source: Unintimidated, by Scott Walker, p. 5 , Nov 18, 2013

Able-bodied must work or train to get food stamps

Right now, the federal government has a requirement that able-bodied, childless adults of working age have to either work or get employment training in order to receive food stamps. But in the past, 46 of the 50 states have been granted a waiver from that requirement--including Wisconsin. Not anymore.

At the end of 2012, I notified the federal government that Wisconsin would no longer be asking for that waiver. Instead, we established a training program for the 75,878 food stamp recipients in our state who are childless, able-bodied, working-age adults. Today, these individuals need to be either working part-time or signed up for one of our employment training programs in order to receive food stamps.

The new program is part of a $100 million plan to expand and revitalize workforce development in Wisconsin.

Source: Unintimidated, by Scott Walker, p.221-2 , Nov 18, 2013

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