Budget committee rejects income tax cut, credit for working poor, while passing cuts for rich, business owners

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Lawmakers next week will take up a two-year spending plan that includes tax cuts for wealthy families and business owners but rejects Gov. Walker’s proposals to ease the tax burden on poorer families, under amendments adopted late Wednesday by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker, Republicans see a lot to like in state budget

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State Republicans see a lot to like in the proposed budget that could pass the Legislature next week, but Democratic opponents say it is a pay-off for the wealthy. Walker challenger Tony Evers said the budget’s tax breaks for the rich and rejected tax credit for the working poor shows Republicans are out of touch. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Trump’s massive Medicaid cut would put 1.2 million Wisconsinites at risk

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AHCA was expected to cut federal Medicaid funding for Wisconsin by about $1 billion over 10 years, but it wasn’t expected to have a significant effect on federal Medicaid funding in Wisconsin’s 2017-19 budget. However, Trump’s proposed changes to CHIP would blow a big hole in that budget. > Urban Milwaukee

Wisconsin pays nation’s lowest rate to defend poor. Lawyers say it’s time for a raise.

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Wisconsin’s $40-per-hour rate for private lawyers accepting indigent defense appointments ranks lowest in the country. Prominent lawyers say the rate — which is the same as it was 25 years ago — is so low that the state’s most competent attorneys often don’t take the cases. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Budget committee approves drug testing for more public benefit recipients

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Participants in some work experience programs are already required to undergo drug screening and testing in order to preserve their eligibility. But a proposal approved this week by the Republican-led budget committee expands that requirement to three more employment programs administered by Wisconsin Works, the state’s replacement for welfare. > The Cap Times

The ways Trump’s budget would hurt Wisconsin’s poor

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President Trump’s budget slashes nutrition, health care, and other help for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents, which would shift massive costs to Wisconsin at a time when our state is already struggling to meet needs for education, transportation, and other services. > WisconsinGazette.com

Getting to the doctor: How a 2011 policy change affects Wisconsin Medicaid recipients

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Navigating health care can be a stressful challenge, particularly for those with low incomes. It’s even more challenging if you can’t drive yourself to the doctor. Some are claiming that a 2011 change to the Wisconsin Medicaid system made it harder for people with low incomes to access transportation to see their doctors. > The Cap Times