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Wisconsin Becoming Failed State Part 2
Wisconsin is becoming a failed state. In the midst of a pandemic and pending economic disaster, Scott Fitzgerald, the most powerful Republican in Madison, has taken ten specific actions that are significantly harming Wisconsin.
By: Palzewicz for Wisconsin
1. DENYING CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19
COVID-19 is the single biggest threat to public health and national security we are facing as a nation. Fitzgerald and the Republicans wanted to open up the state, regardless of the consequences. They went against the Governor's mandate, and bars and restaurants opened their doors. Since then, the rise in Covid-19 cases has put Wisconsin in serious jeopardy. We are one of the top states in Covid cases.
2. GERRYMANDERING DISTRICTS TO ENSURE REPUBLICAN CONTROL
Wisconsin is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. So much so that in 2018 Democrats won 65% of the vote yet lost seats in the legislature. This political deck stacking isn't a democracy; it's authoritarianism.
3. COMMODITY PRICES PLUNGE BECAUSE OF TRUMP TARIFFS
Trump and the Republicans talk a good game and say they are the farmer's friends. But commodity prices for corn and soybeans have plunged because of Trump's tariffs with China. The best way to help farmers is to open up markets and allow them to do business.
4. NON-EXPANSION OF MEDICAID HURTING HOSPITALS AND PATIENTS
The non-expansion of Medicaid has cost Wisconsin millions of dollars in federal aid. Tony Evers tried to expand Medicaid as one of his first acts as Governor, Fitzgerald blocked it. With the Medicaid expansion, the federal government foots 90% of the bill for many of the working poor. This saves the state money while also ensuring healthcare for those people. For example, Michigan saved $153 million in 2019 and will save more in 2020 during the pandemic. The action was short-sighted and served no purpose except as a political talking point.
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