'Let them know you're the boss'

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Some things just don't make sense. Wisconsin is in the process of choosing a budget for the next biennium, 2019-2021. Governor Evers prepared a budget that would support the people of Wisconsin. The Joint Finance Committee removed some very important pieces and that is what doesn't make sense to me.

For instance, not accepting Medicaid money available to us from the federal government. Their reasoning is that is sounds too much like welfare. That doesn't make sense. It is not welfare. It is helping people who don't make enough money to have medical care available to them. Would we rather have people sick than accept federal dollars available to us? Does that make sense? Some people work but don't have insurance as a benefit. Many people work one or more part-time jobs and we all know there are no benefits with part-time employment. Some make less than $15/hour and barely can make ends meet. Why can't we help people get medical care if they need it? Why let the taxes we paid to the federal government go to other states who do accept Medicaid dollars?

Another item removed from the Evers' budget that doesn't make sense is to address lead in our water system. Our legislators should know that when children drink water that is contaminated with lead or live in homes with lead paint that their brains are permanently damaged! Do we really want that for our children who will be adults someday? What future will they have? The reason it was taken out of the budget is because the greatest concentration is in Milwaukee. Well, does it matter where the children live who have the possibility of being poisoned with lead in their water and having damaged brains for the rest of their lives?

It also doesn't make sense that an item removed was for driver's cards for undocumented residents. Prior to the Real I.D. Act in 2005, they could get a license to drive legally. By now, all those licenses have expired and people are forced to drive without a valid license. Wouldn't it make more sense to require them to be tested for the rules of the road, to have a behind-the-wheel test and to require them to purchase car insurance?

We all recognize the need to be cost conscious with our tax dollars but, in this case, requiring thousands of people to get a driver's license would be a revenue source. Even if we asked them to pay a larger fee, I'm fairly certain they would pay it because they could then drive without fear of being ticketed and would feel comfortable taking their kids to recreational activities which they now avoid.

If these things don't make sense to you, contact your legislators and let them know what you think. You pay their salaries and that means you are their boss. So, as their boss, let them know how you want them to do their job. If you don't know who your legislators are, find out at MyVote.com.

Ruth Kolpack

Beloit

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