Thursday, June 25, 2009


Just got word that the conference committee on the state budget included an additional $5 million cut to the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program over the next biennium.

It seems some state legislators truly want to gut tobacco prevention efforts in Wisconsin.

If the cut goes through as proposed (representatives could vote as early as 8:30 p.m. Friday) Wisconsin will have a program operating on just 1/10th of the CDC's recommended budget.

State programs are being cut across the board, but more to the tune of 5%. We're talking about a 55% cut to tobacco prevention.

Call your state senator and state representative and tell them to restore the money the conference committee pulled out of tobacco prevention funding. Click here for your legislators' contact information.

You can view the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's analysis of the conference committee's budget version here (thanks to WisPolitics for posting this). Scroll to .pdf pages 63-64 (numbered in the document as pages 49-50) and look for #13: Tobacco Use Control Grants.

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