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FRIDAY: WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com discussion: Closing the urban-rural health care gap
The recent 2019 County Health Rankings report showed gaps in health care between suburban-urban areas and rural counties in Wisconsin. In southwestern Wisconsin, La Crosse County was ranked 6th among the state’s 72 counties in terms of health factors that drive healthy lifestyles such as lower tobacco and alcohol use; access to quality care, education, employment and social support; plus housing and water-air quality. But surrounding counties ranked between 19th and 59th.
Join us for a discussion on coping with these gaps in rural-urban health care. The cost to attend is free, thanks to the support of Health Tradition.
But you must register in advance.
WHAT: Closing the rural-urban health care gap
WHEN: Friday June 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with the program going from noon to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern l 328 Front Street South Ste. 100, La Crosse WI 54601
FORMAT: Dr. Tim Bartholow, Chief Medical Officer of Health Tradition, will provide opening remarks, and then a panel of four experts will add commentary. The panelists include Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse, Wally Orzechowski of the Southwest Community Action Program, Dr. Paul S. Mueller, chair of Mayo Clinic’s general internal medicine, and Dr. Erik Gundersen, medical director of Kwik Trip Center for Health and incoming president of the Wisconsin Medical Society.
The event is organized by WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com, non-partisan news organizations that regularly convene discussions of important public issues. Sponsored by Health Tradition.
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WI GOP isn’t considering gas tax increase but may boost fees, Senate leader says
Sen. Johnson says he’ll support Mexico tariffs if used as leverage for border security
Kind Denounces Russian Election Meddling, Stops Short Of Calling For Impeachment Hearings
DPW CONVENTION ^top^
– WI Dems do 2018 victory lap at annual state party convention … Hundreds gathered at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino … “Holy mackerel — well, I guess it’s about time we had a keynote speaker at convention who’s a Democratic governor from Wisconsin,” Evers said. … used much of his speech to reflect on his win over … Walker … “We decided we weren’t going to get down into the mud with Republicans — we weren’t going to spend our time attacking personal beliefs or character. We made a decision not to be consumed by the things we were fighting against or distracted by the things that divide us.” … did not directly address continued conflict at the state Capitol over the state budget … However, Democratic legislative leaders [threw] support behind a number of Evers’ initiatives … “There’s no policy reason to reject the Medicaid expansion,” said Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz … “It’s such a no-brainer from a moral and fiscal perspective.” Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling [said GOP] “still haven’t learned that they don’t control everything anymore. They’re struggling to work through the five stages of grief.” … Baldwin spoke at length about … health care. … said some health care plans in America “aren’t worth the paper they’re written on,” and called on GOP leadership in Congress to “stop sabotaging our health care.” … called for legislation to lower [Rx] cost … Moore took much of her time on the stage … “to do some anti-Trump dumping” … said Trump needs to “learn the principles of 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten kids,” including “share everything” and “play fair.” … in favor of impeaching the president. “We’re going to continue to investigate — that’s our duty.” … “We have a lot more work to do,” [outgoing DPW chair] Laning told convention attendees Saturday afternoon. “It is imperative the future leaders we select tomorrow help us do that.” Activist Wikler facing Rep. Bowen to replace Laning. Wikler: “I’ve spent my whole life in this work,” touted campaign slogan of “FIRE: Fight, include, respect, empower.” Bowen: “We lose when we don’t work to expand the electorate,” touted Evers win, “When we do the work, that’s when we win.” Supreme candidates Karofsky and Fallone spoke to conventioneers, touched on issues of criminal justice and the environment. Karofsky: “Our judiciary, our legal system, are being increasingly politicized. We need fair, honest and independent judges. … We must uphold laws that protect our beautiful environment.” Fallone called Kelly’s appointment “a reward for political loyalty. I’ll be a voice for working families on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. … We’re locking up too many people of color –this is a failure of our justice system.” [see Courts] https://wpr.org/wisconsin-democrats-do-2018-victory-lap-annual-state-party-convention
– Evers on future of Walker, Johnson: ‘We’re going to send them packing’
– Democrats elect Ben Wikler as state party chair
– Three Downtown Hotels Will Miss DNC, Plus: Former Toys R Us becoming grocery store, Pabst Mansion auction
WHITE HOUSE ^top^
– Gosar [at Colorado River Tea Party Patriots meeting] accuses Ryan, McConnell of thwarting Trump’s agenda … “Paul Ryan isn’t who you think he is. … Paul Ryan was dictating what came through. … Imagine if Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell … had helped him? … Our leadership is selling out. They have no mission. No strategy.” Why didn’t he speak up? GOsar: “How many people have the gumption to take on the speaker … and live to tell about it?”
– Trump’s plan for new tariffs on Mexico runs into resistance from his own party … “I think it’s the wrong move,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher [on WHBY radio Friday] said the move could blow up the president’s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada and “makes Americans now pay an additional tax for illegal immigration.” … has proposed legislation (with Dem US Rep. Kind) to restrict a president’s tariff powers … Johnson [at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon Friday] did not voice outright opposition to the move, saying he is waiting to hear the “full justification” from the White House for imposing the tariffs under the president’s emergency powers. … “Yes, I am always concerned about tariffs. I realize tariffs are taxes on consumers. … (But) what I don’t want to do is, if he is using this as a negotiating tactic, is undermine his negotiating tactic. So that’s all I’ll say on that. … “I’m hoping President Trump is just throwing this out there to get Mexico’s attention, and he has,
– How Trump’s Mexico tariffs could scare Democrats away from his trade deal … Lighthizer is expected to be on Capitol Hill next week working with party leaders in both chambers to iron out any outstanding concerns on USMCA. But … It feels as if Lighthizer “is out of the loop and we’re wasting our breath when this president is going to do whatever he wants to do. … It’s incredibly foolish and poor timing,” [US Rep.] Kind said. “We just ended the trade war with Mexico and Canada only to have a new tariff threat. With tariffs in place, it’s hard to move forward on USMCA.” … So far, Pelosi and her deputies are not altering plans to move ahead with the caucus’ working groups to help “try to get to a yes,” according to one senior Democratic aide.
– The Movement To Skip The Electoral College Is Picking Up Steam
STATE GOVERNMENT ^top^
– What GOP and Dems Are Doing In The States Where They Have Total Power
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Wedge Issues: Mark Pocan on progressivism, impeachment and Wisconsin cheese
– From Montana to the Speaker’s Office … Monday’s “Montana Talks”- we’ll chat with AshLee Strong. … chief spokesperson for Speaker Ryan, along with other key roles in the federal government and on political campaigns
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Milwaukee Mulls $400K Offer To Bucks Player To Settle Suit … [alleging MPD tased] Sterling Brown … to arrest him over a parking violation.
– [Racine]-area farmers still water-logged and waiting to plant … This year’s inordinately wet and cool planting season has tilted the odds heavily against farmers in southeastern Wisconsin, who haven’t been able to get into their water-logged fields and plant their crops for this season.
– WDC: Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees, Evers wants fees to fund pollution oversight. GOP legislators oppose this and got $1.4 million from Big Dairy.
– In state government controlled by men, women on the Supreme Court stand out
– Moore analysis: Justice Dan Kelly announces re-election bid, Kelly seeks full term; but has two opponents already
– Schism over United Methodist Church’s LGBTQ stance reflected during confirmation in Wisconsin church … Kat Miller, 14, publicly declined to become a member of the United Methodist Church in light of its recent vote to uphold a ban on LGBTQ clergy and marriages. … The decision exposed a deep rift within the denomination and protests immediately broke out at the conference. While the vote was a victory for traditionalists, LGBTQ members and allies felt betrayed — one progressive Wisconsin pastor even called it a “witch hunt.”
– Promega to expand its Fitchburg facilities with $155M manufacturing building
– Official highlights changes at UW Green Bay, Marinette Campus
– Out of Order: Schools Quash Takeout Trend … Now, citing security and nuisance concerns, school districts from California to Delaware are cracking down. … [on students using] delivery services like DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats and get takeout food sent to their schools.
– ‘Standing on the shoulders’ of suffragettes, today’s female lawmakers fight for women’s rights … “In that civics class, finding out that Wisconsin had been so unique and had been first to ratify, it just kind of lit the light,” [ex-lt. guv] Farrow said. … able to succeed as a woman in politics largely because of the women who came before her. … We stand on the shoulders of our foremothers,” [US Sen.] Baldwin said. … “there are many areas … where full equality and full equity have yet to be achieved.” … state’s first Latina lawmaker, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa … “very much in awe and grateful to the women who led this fight way before me. I just hope that I can make them proud.” … “I am really thankful for, and quite frankly I can’t even imagine, the mountains that those women had to climb in order to allow me to be here today,” [Rep.] Sargent said. … “Any area that you look, you’re going to see that we have a long, long way to go,” [UW prof.] Tripp said. … Women currently make up only 24% of the House of Representatives and 25% of the Senate … Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said women’s access to reproductive health care is a major problem she wants to see changed. … When Sargent proposed a bill to make tampons and menstrual products free in government and public restrooms, she said people called her “hysterical” for thinking such an issue was important. Others told her to focus instead on policies that “really matter.” … Toilet paper, paper towels and soap are provided in public restrooms, so tampons should be too, she said. … so much push-back for fighting for menstrual products is an indicator that society is still “off balance” when it comes to gender equality. … [GOP pollster] Soltis Anderson … said the concerns of young liberal women often overshadow those of young conservative women. … [ex-lt. guv] Kleefisch said conservative women wouldn’t want to participate in a women’s movement that champions abortion rights. … “I think a lot of women on the conservative side feel like they can’t be a part of that movement,” [Rep.] Rodriguez said. … women in office should share their experiences so that young women understand they are “just as capable as any man.” … Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, said she thinks policies to help families — such as suicide prevention, foster care support and mental health initiatives — are the “nexus” of women’s issues. … Baldwin said many men [husbands], like her, are passionate advocates for pay equity. … [women’s greater role in child-rearing] leaves them behind in terms of equal opportunities … [cited] shortage of child care, especially in the western part of Wisconsin … One thing all of the women agreed on was the need for more female representation in state and national legislatures.
– 100 years after Wisconsin ratified women’s suffrage, activists expand fight for gender equality
– Area group’s goal is zero waste; working to prolong landfill’s usable life … Greater Racine Zero Waste Initiative promotes having restaurants avoid the use of Styrofoam containers. … [landfill] is operating the last remaining cell at Kestrel Hawk.
– How can Fond du Lac become sustainable? You can help decide: new group meeting June 5. organizer Donna Richard, locals comment
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Beloit Health System reports data breach
LAW AND ORDER ^top^
– Human trafficking is all over Wisconsin, but subtle. You might have seen victims and never knew, Even victims don’t know they’re being trafficked. So how can you spot the crime and the perpetrators?
– [county] Official: Walworth County not required to tell everyone about relocated sex offenders … does not plan to make public a map identifying places where sexually violent people may live in the county, partly because it could be used for “competitive” reasons … in contrast to Rock County, which made public a map of Janesville’s exclusion zones when The Gazette requested it
– Former Rock County deputy could face sentencing in July over alleged domestic abuse in Lake Delton hotel
– Panel tasked with improving criminal justice system in Sauk County seeks to reorganize
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ^top^
– City to get more aggressive with building safety
REAL ESTATE ^top^
– Extended-stay hotels serve as stopgap in tight local housing market
– State officials hold final roundabout informational meeting, Construction slated to start June 10: at intersection of highways 47 and 8
– [BIA] Casino environmental statement complete … residents have 30 days to submit additional public comments on the final document. … “Only after the (environmental impact statement) EIS is accepted can (BIA) give a decision on the complete fee-to-trust application,” [Ho Chunk’s] Greendeer said. If approved by federal authorities, the plan would head to Gov. Tony Evers. Joint city, tribe statement. Address for written comment.
– Did you install solar panels on your house? We Energies wants you to pay a surcharge … argues that homeowners with solar panels don’t pay their full share of the fixed costs of its transmission and distribution system, thereby shifting costs to customers who don’t have solar panels. … proposed surcharge — $3.53 a month for each kilowatt of solar generating capacity — is part of We Energies’ rate case before the Public Service Commission. … would average $15.88 a month, or $190.56 a year, for the 434 residential and small business customers with solar power at the end of last year … proposing to increase [fixed monthly] charge to $17.65 a month, or $211.80 a year. … Supporters of solar power contend the proposed surcharge … penalize[es] customers who conserve energy. … utilities earn a profit … 10.2% for We Energies — when they add generating capacity. … “I’m a power plant,” said Robert Aring, who put 16 solar panels on his home in late 2017. “A very small one. But I am a power plant.” … “They can see a world where a lot more customers install solar and that presents a threat to the way they historically have done business,” said Huebner, of Renew Wisconsin. “But that doesn’t give them a right to penalize customers who have installed solar.” Some solar homeowners, CUB’s Content, Alliance for Solar Choice’s Heart comment.
– We Energies renews push for controversial solar, fixed fees
– RJT editorial: Wisconsin’s laws on data breaches need to be tougher
– Dave Zweifel: GOP budget stabs UW in the back
– Steven Walters: Will first climate change report renew debate?
– James Wigderson: Is the gas tax increase dead? The failure to increase the gas tax is perhaps a sign of Evers’ lack of any rapport with the Republicans in the legislature.
– Jessie Opoien: Fixing Congress might be pipe dream, but better scheduling would at least be a start
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