Senator Baldwin & Citizen Action Call for Bold COVID-19 Economic Relief

Senator Baldwin & Citizen Action Call for Bold COVID-19 Economic Relief

Baldwin legislation would extend unemployment and work-share before July deadline, create New Deal-style publicly subsidized jobs program, begin climate transition, improving racial equity, and revitalizing rural areas

Statewide: In a virtual town hall meeting this morning over 160 Citizen Action leaders and members heard a full report from U.S. Senator Baldwin on the need to maintain and further extend economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Tammy Baldwin’s entire 30 minute presentation and Q&A session here. Milwaukee small business owner Ryan Clancy also joined the call to discuss the urgent need for further economic relief.

The COVID-19 induced economic crisis requires an urgent and large scale federal response. The duration of the pandemic, which is growing in Wisconsin and most of the country, and the persistent depression-like economic repercussions it is producing, could not have been fully anticipated in March when the last large scale relief passage was enacted. In addition, most of the minimal relief targeted to middle class and working people is set to expire July 25, including the enhanced unemployment benefits keeping tens of millions of working families afloat.

Tammy Baldwin’s Jobs for Economic Recovery Act would create a national subsidized jobs program to create hundreds of thousands of frontline jobs reminiscent of the Community Conservation Corps from the New Deal. The Rebuilding Main Street Act extends the $600/week unemployment stimulus payments to those out of work and applies the increased benefit to work-share programs, which subsidize workers for wages lost as a result of a company-wide reduction in hours. These two bills would prevent layoffs and put jobseekers back to work. Senator Baldwin is working with a coalition of Senators pushing for the inclusion of these provisions in the next COVID-19 relief package, expected to be considered this month.

In Citizen Action’s view, a large scale publicly-subsidized jobs program would also be an opportunity to initiative the green transition we need to prevent a climate genocide, and to employ people in the most depressed areas and constituencies, including people of color and folks who live in depressed rural regions.

“The ongoing public health and economic crisis in Wisconsin demands real solutions from Washington. We have to prevent further layoffs in our communities and put Wisconsinites back to work, so I’ve introduced legislation to do both,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’m proud to have strong partners like Citizen Action Wisconsin in this effort as we work together to support workers and businesses in our recovery from this economic crisis. Our reforms present a better way forward and we must seize it now.”

“In this great national emergency, the American people deserve and expect bold leadership up to the scale of the crisis,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “As working and middle class families confront employment conditions not seen in this country since the 1930s, they need both the continuation of the temporary economic relief enacted in March, and bold new investments in job creation that can only come from the federal government. We commend Senator Tammy Baldwin for stepping up with powerful policy proposals on the scale of the original New Deal. Her proposals, for which she is building support with a diverse coalition of Senators, are of the magnitude needed to address the current economic crisis, and lay the groundwork for a new economy needed to prevent a climate cataclysm, and extend opportunity to all those who have been shut out, especially people of color and the residents of depresses rural areas.”


Health Advocates in 9 Wisconsin Cities Urge Lawmakers to Expand BadgerCare

Health Advocates in 9 Wisconsin Cities Urge Lawmakers to Expand BadgerCare

Full Legislature has the opportunity this week to override disastrous Finance Committee rejection of federal Medicaid expansion

For Immediate Release–June 24, 2019
Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected]


Statewide: A day before the full Legislature begins voting on the state budget, Citizen Action members led a statewide health care day of action urging lawmakers to accept federal Medicaid money to expand Wisconsin’s popular BadgerCare program. Citizen Action members also trekked to Madison from across the state to lobby their legislators one last time before the big votes in the Assembly and Senate.
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Report: Medicaid Expansion Removes Critical Financial Barriers to Treating Opioid Addiction

New report shows anti-opioid medications cost 72-times more on average for Wisconsinites denied BadgerCare due unaffordable private insurance copays

STATEWIDE:  At a Capitol news conference and a media call today legislators, health advocates, addiction experts, and consumers released a new Citizen Action report showing that expanding Medicaid (BadgerCare) would have a sizable and beneficial impact on addressing opioid addiction for working Wisconsinites. This research is timely both because deaths from opioid continue to climb (In 2017, there were 926 overdose deaths involving opioids in Wisconsin) and because the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is expected to take an initial vote on Thursday on BadgerCare expansion. Watch Wisconsin Eye’s coverage of the Capital news conference here. Listen to audio of the media call here. Read More

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, May 3rd

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, May 3rd

Friday, May 3rd

Citizen Action Participates in Historic Medicare for All Hearings and Actions in Washington, D.C.

The growing movement to establish health care as a fundamental human right achieved a major milestone this week when the Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives conducted the first ever hearing on Medicare for All. Because to the incredible work of our members to make us a health care leader, and the growing influence of our national affiliate People’s Action, Citizen Action of Wisconsin had a direct role in this historic hearing. Read More

Minnesota vs Wisconsin (vs BadgerCare) 2019

mn_vs_wi_50_percent.pngNew federal data shows allowing Wisconsinites to buy-into Badgercare as a “Public Option” would slash premiums and deductibles. Data also shows gap with Minnesota is widening. For previous year data, click here or here

On a media call on Oct 31st, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals released a new analysis which has major implications for the high profile health care debate in the 2018 election. We were joined on the audio news conference by State Senator LaTonya Johnson and State Rep. Chris Taylor. Listen to the entire audio here.

The analysis, based on just released federal data crunched by Citizen Action, shows that Governor Walker’s refusal to build on the Affordable Care Act is forcing Wisconsinites to pay thousands more for health insurance on the individual market. In some high cost regions of the state, Wisconsin families are paying over $24,000 per year more per year! Read More

Applauds Governor Evers for Expanding BadgerCare

For Immediate Release, February 28, 2019
Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

Applauds Governor Evers for Expanding BadgerCare

Reigning in Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices

Is great first step towards fulfilling public mandate to guarantee affordable health care in Wisconsin

Statewide: Citizen Action of Wisconsin members across the state are applauding Governor Evers for including BadgerCare expansion in his state budget. This great health care advance will be formally announced to a joint session of the Legislature tonight in the Governor’s first State Budget Address. Read More

Creation of a Crisis: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Chooses Profit Over People

Citizen Action of Wisconsin joins national release of report revealing how drug company profits and CEO pay put lives at risk

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2019


Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

Ariela Weinberger, Roosevelt Institute, [email protected]

Milwaukee: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is joining the Roosevelt Institute and People’s Action in  releasingProfit Over Patients: How the Rules of our Economy Encourage the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Extractive Behavior.” Read More

January 23, 2019

Is great first step towards fulfilling public mandate to guarantee affordable health care in Wisconsin

For Immediate Release, January 23, 2019

Contact: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

Statewide: In response to the first State of the State Address of Tony Evers, Citizen Action of Wisconsin members across the state applaud the Governor’s firm commitment to including BadgerCare expansion in the state budget.

“Claiming hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars already set aside for Wisconsin to expand BadgerCare to more low income families is a great first step in fulfilling the election mandate to guarantee affordable quality health care,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Read More