To the Editor-
So yesterday in Wisconsin, the Joint Finance Committee stuck some last minute changes into their bill, giving Democrats 30 minutes to look it over before the voting.
What looked promising for Wisconsin’s long term care about 3 weeks ago after hearings, suddenly becomes bleak.
Thousands of voices from the elderly and disabled community across Wisconsin made it clear that they want the current system to stay in place, because it makes their life easier and helps them achieve what they want. So what does the Senate do? The exact opposite. Their reasoning is that it will be more cost effective, however that data comes directly from the HMO’s who are looking to take the business in the state. In reality, the current long-term care system is cost effective as it is.
What else happened? The Finance Committee also threw in a change regarding teacher licensing. If it goes through, the department of public instruction will be required to issue a teaching license to ANYBODY with a bachelor’s degree in ANY subject, to teach our children the core subjects like english, social studies, math and science. Even better? They will be required to issue a teaching permit to individuals who HAVE NOT earned a bachelors, even high-school dropouts, in any subject area outside the core subjects. The only requirement is they have to show they are proficient. Sorry all of you teachers that went to school for years to earn your degree for the right to teach our children.. you might be replaced by someone with a bachelors in poultry science.
Honestly, I’ve lost all faith in our government, and want to move out of this state. The leadership we have is ridiculous and shady. With these changes, our long term care for elderly and disabled will no longer be something we can be proud of as a state, and our education licensing requirements will be move to last in the country.
Oh, but they did propose a bill to allow blaze pink to be worn during hunting seasons.. So there’s that.