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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 3:26 PM 

Senate votes to lift Family Care cap

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would lift the cap on the state's Family Care long-term care program for seniors.

The governor has supported lifting the cap, though some lawmakers have expressed concerns about its impact on the state's strained finances. Federal officials have indicated that aid to the state could be jeopardized without removing the cap.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, chided the governor for celebrating the lifting of the limit on Family Care after being "told by the Obama administration to lift the caps."

And Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, thanked his GOP colleagues for "coming around" on Family Care, but questioned whether they were taking a favorable vote only to watch the Assembly pass on the legislation.

"I hope the Assembly has the courage to take this up," Hansen said.

Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, said the measure had broad support in the chamber, adding that he's been told as a freshman senator not to question the motives of his colleagues.

"It sounds to me like that's what's happening here," Moulton said.

Among other bills to move though the Senate are measures to limit the number of income tax checkoffs, apply military experience to certain state licensing, and remove the word "retarded" from state regulations.


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