* Like his ubiquitous "Scottholes" and deteriorating roads now measured a few days ago by the mile, in the 'extreme.'
MADISON, Wis. - About 2 miles of Interstate 39/90 remain closed for emergency repairs Tuesday morning, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Officials with the Wisconsin State Patrol said the emergency repairs are due to "extreme road failure" because the road is deteriorating and there are numerous potholes.* And there is the embedded presence of chronic deer wasting disease, (CWD). reported on this blog often, which Walker failed to effectively address, for years:
Deer disease keeps worsening in Wisconsin, as predictedThe DNR issued several news releases last week about more positive CWD test results in several counties last year; here is a sample:
MADISON - Following positive test results for chronic wasting disease in wild and captive whitetail deer during the 2018 deer hunting seasons, a baiting and feeding ban in and Wood counties will be enacted, along with the renewal of a three-year ban Portage County, effective Feb. 1, 2019.
Two wild deer harvested in southern Portage County will initiate a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Waushara County, while CWD-positive detections at two Portage County captive deer farms will enact a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Wood County. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer within a county or adjacent county within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild deer that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis.And then there is the good news that Gov. Evers in his first budget will add state funding to address a long-overdue need: added dental care, principally in rural areas long underserved by providers.
This shameful state of affairs is symptomatic of Walker's years of refusal to accept available federal Medicaid expansion funding - - a refusal backed 100% by Assembly GOP Speaker Robin Vos - - and the GOP's insistence - - guaranteed by the Republican lame-duck legislative power-grab - - to keep Wisconsin in court fighting for the repeal of Obamacare which could provide that Medicaid expansion.
An expansion, by the way, which would give the state access to desperately needed funding for opioid addiction treatments, as I wrote last March:
Wisconsin GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel is lauding his litigation against Obamacare:
Texas and Wisconsin, joined by 20 states, filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this month asking the federal courts to obey what the Supreme Court has already recognized and hold all of Obamacare unconstitutional...
We bring this challenge to Obamacare because, as state attorneys general, we took an oath of office to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of Americans from the unconstitutional, ever-expanding intrusion of the federal government.
Remember that Obamacare helps fund Medicaid so this latest Schimel ploy if successful could make it harder for opioid addicts covered by Medicaid to receive expanded treatment - - as The [Federal] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently explained in plain English:
CMS announces new Medicaid policy to combat the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment options
While Wisconsin on Schimel's watch had the largest uptick in opioid-related emergency room admissions in one, 16-state survey.But when Evers announced his state-funded dental expansion proposal Thursday, this note in one Fox Valley media outlet's story tells you why the decay which Walker left behind for Vos to preserve will take years, and a fairly-redistricted Legislature, to repair:
FOX 11 reached out to Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for comment to see whether or not Republicans could support this proposal, however he was not available to comment.Oh: And Walker? He's in Florida.
And still in love with his meals, as he showed us Twitter Feb. 15th.