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Rep. Ron Kind: Gov. Walker Committing Budgetary and Fiscal Malpractice

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) blasted the continuing fiscal irresponsibility of Gov. Walker,citing the memo recently released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) stating that Gov. Scott Walker's decision to reject federal Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost the State of Wisconsin $73.5 million more than previously estimated.

"We knew at the time that the Governor's decision to reject federal help based on partisan ideology was going to hurt Wisconsin families, and now we know that the damage will be even worse than first thought," said Rep. Kind. "Gov. Walker's budgetary and fiscal malpractice keeps harming our state's economic growth while making it harder for children, seniors and the disabled to get the care they need."

This latest news comes on the heels of a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service study released this spring, estimating that Wisconsin employers could face federal penalties of up to $36.1 million per year thanks to Gov. Walker's decision to reject the federal dollars for Medicaid. Some employers would have to pay a high tax for each worker covered by a federal health care exchange, but accepting the federal expansion would allow local businesses to avoid these burdensome, unnecessary costs.

"Governor Walker's rejection of federal Medicaid expansion through the ACA is going to result in vulnerable Wisconsinites being left without any coverage, higher costs for businesses that have to provide health coverage, and a greater burden on Wisconsin taxpayers," Kind concluded."This is yet more evidence that Governor Walker cares more about political games than he does about Wisconsin families who are struggling to pay for health care."

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