I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
It appears that the Committee on Joint Finance has decided to remove the elimination of the IRIS Program from the State Budget. I applaud this decision by key members of Joint Finance. But, as I have mentioned before, this is just the beginning of new advocacy opportunities.
Over the last couple of months, I have shared my thoughts on various impacts on the proposed radical changes of eliminating the IRIS Program and significantly changing Family Care. I have talked a lot about the number of jobs that will be eliminated the economic impact these changes will have on Wisconsin workers, employers and communities. I have pointed out that there are no disability advocacy organizations that support this proposal in the State. I have not spent much time talking about the 2 most important groups of people that this will affect. The individuals that rely on these programs and their family and friends.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been in different parts of the State for various reasons talking with many people from even more parts of the State. The one thing that I have found is that there are three common questions when it comes to individuals with disabilities and the current State Budget proposal eliminating IRIS and making significant changes to Family Care.
In the next couple of days, Joint Finance will be voting on the State Budget. There are obviously 2 outcomes on the elimination of the IRIS Program and the significant changes to Family Care. It will either remain in the Budget of they will vote to take it out. One thing to remember is that this is the recommendation of the 16 members of Joint Finance, not the entire Legislature.
I have some random thoughts when it comes to the proposed significant changes to IRIS and Family Care in the State Budget.