Our Senior Centers are Important to Our Community

Beware the self-fulfilling prophecy! Wisconsin Policy Forum's report on Milwaukee County Senior Centers -more of an editorial than actual research - uses low utilization at senior centers to stoke the argument that we don't need them. Yet there is practically no info provided via the Milwaukee County Department on Aging on senior center activities or how to register. After LPS complained, the DOA put up a link to a pdf published by SOA of SE WI, the current senior center operators. Nice pdf but no way to sign up online and no instructions for how or where to sign up! We can do better Department on Aging, County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Pro tip: Talk to the MPS Recreation Department about how to reach and engage the community.

The League of Progressive Seniors is very concerned about the analysis and recommendations included in the Wisconsin Policy Forum study. We urge that the Milwaukee County Board broaden the discussion about the future of senior centers and delay any quick action on this report until further, more inclusive, and more rigorous analysis is conducted. 

Read the letter sent to the County Board by
Janice Wilberg, on behalf of the League of Progressive Seniors Steering Group


A message from Dave Weingrod of our LPS Steering Committee about Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin

Dear Colleagues,

Representative Robin Vos, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren announced that they intend on removing Medicaid expansion from Evers's state budget proposal.  This is the most cruel and fiscally irresponsible action they could have taken.  
Read an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Tony Evers press conference in Milwaukee Thursday May 2nd.

Here is the reality.

1.  The Medicaid expansion means 82,000 Wisconsinites would now be covered by affordable health insurance who otherwise would not be.  This includes many of our students and families who otherwise cannot find affordable health care would be covered.  This is especially true for those that work for $8.50 and less.

2.   The Medicaid expansion would bring in around $325 million in to the Wisconsin budget. Yes it covers more people and we get more money (due to the federal government subsidy).  It is this money that covers many of Evers' other education initiatives including his boost to tech colleges.

3.  Overall it would bring about $750 million in health care spending in the Milwaukee County and about half a billion in to Waukesha County.  This both improves care, creates jobs and keeps patients out of expensive emergency room care who otherwise wait to take care of their medical needs until it is an emergency.

Please contact your state senator and legislator in the next day and urge them to keep the full Medicaid expansion in the budget.

Need to know who your state senator and state representative are?
Go to:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyElectedOfficials
Call: 608-266-9960 or 800-362-9472

Call and ask to speak to your representatives' office. Just state your name and address (so they know you are a constituent) and that you do not support taking Medicaid expansion out of the budget.

Thank you!

Dave Weingrod
Chair, AFT 212 COPE

LPS Lunch meeting widened understanding of
A Fair Deal for Milwaukee County

We had a good group to learn more about A Fair Deal for Milwaukee,
from our guests, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and
County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.
Fair Deal is package of policy proposals to reform state/local funding systems.

County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

Representative David Bowen

Our Emcee Jan Wilber

We all stand against racism.

If you have a post card, download a pdf with Milwaukee County Senators and Reps addresses