Friday, June 8, 2007

Just tuning in...

I just tuned in on WisEye to see where the JFC is at with their deliberations. I checked the WisPolitics Budget Blog to get brought up to speed.

The latest news: Rep. Rhoades made a motion to delete all three tobacco prevention and control provisions from the budget. That's right, no $1.25 increase in the cigarette tax and no funding or endowment for the state's tobacco control program.

Here's what I don't get - why, if the committee members are looking for ways to reduce healthcare costs, are they debating deleting provisions from the proposed budget that would:

  • decrease the number of current WI smokers by at least 42,500
  • prevent 84,000 WI kids alive today from becoming daily smokers (who otherwise would have)
  • save Wisconsin $40 million in the next 5 years from fewer smoking-affected pregnancies and births and heart attacks and strokes
  • save Wisconsin over $1.8 billion in longterm savings from youth and adult smoking declines
It just doesn't make sense.

1 comment:

Liz @ SmokeFree Wisconsin said...

This motion failed on an 8-8 tie.