TOMAH, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Evers is pushing for an expansion of Medicaid so the state can receive one billion dollars in federal funding.
Evers signed an executive order Wednesday in Tomah to call the state legislature into session next week.
He says the funds are critical after learning the state will receive 700 million dollars less than expected from the American Rescue Plan.
Medicaid expansion was stripped from the governor’s budget earlier this month, but Evers says politics can’t get in the way of what’s best for the state.
“It’s time to put people first and focus on making fiscally and morally responsible decisions that will improve not only the health of our people but our state’s bottom line,” said Evers.
The funds would come through a special provision in the American Rescue Plan.
Evers aims to use the money for more than 50 economic development initiatives across the state.
A joint statement from GOP leaders in the state assembly and senate rejects the governor’s proposal, saying it’s a “thinly-veiled political maneuver.”
The special session will be held next Tuesday at noon.