I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
Now that the dust has settled on a State budget that leaves a lot to be desired, it is time to turn our attention to what can we do next. Besides remaining in contact with your State legislator to continue to remind them of your concerns surrounding the proposals to long-term care, we can gear up for the next election. If nothing else, the disability community had a strong voice in this past State budget process. I was told by a number of people in the Capitol that the disability community had such a strong voice, they are a group that needs to be recognized come election time.
We are heading into the home stretch with the State Budget. Joint Finance is expected to release their proposed budget this week to allow debates to take place in both the State Senate and State House. One thing is clear to me, two of the biggest issues in the Budget are not friendly to individuals with disabilities.
Wednesday is the big day for those that have been following the State Budget and how it will have a significant impact on Wisconsin residents that rely on Long Term Care Supports in the IRIS and Family Care programs. Joint Finance is scheduled to have conversations about the subject. I think the outcome will be very telling. There are no statewide disability organizations that had any input or supports the elimination of the IRIS Program and significant changes to Family Care. If everything is left as proposed, there will be significant job loses within the State. It is not what the residents of the State of Wisconsin want.