Survival Coalition Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is a cross-disability coalition of more than 40 state and local organizations and groups. For more than 20 years, Survival has been focused on changing and improving policies and practices that support people with disabilities of all ages to be full participants in community life.

Updates

People with disabilities can’t wait: transportation budget

Survival Coalition appreciates new investments in public transportation for people with disabilities that were approved in the Joint Finance Committee budget, but remains concerned that a continued lack of necessary investment in public transit and other transportation options for non-drivers are not addressing the needs of  people with disabilities and their families. Read full document.

Survival Coalition Recommendations on DOT Budget Options

The Department of Transportation (DOT) provides funding for public transit and other county-based transportation services critical to people with disabilities, aging adults, and low-income caregivers commuting to work in client’s homes.

Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DOT and recommends the committee support the following alternatives: See full document.

Survival Coalition Statement on Joint Finance Committee DHS Budget Vote

People with disabilities and older adults can’t wait: state budget committee makes some critical investments, not others

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC) actions yesterday in considering the Department of Health Services budget show they have begun to listen statewide to the overwhelming numbers who are struggling to find adequate care to remain in their homes by beginning to acknowledge the depth and critical nature of Wisconsin’s workforce crisis. See full document.

Survival sends Joint Finance Committee and Legislature recommendations on Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS

Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget papers for DHS and recommends the committee support the alternatives outlines in full document. Please see full document.

Survival Coalition Disappointed with Lack of Funding for Students with Disabilities

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is disappointed that the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee are ignoring the needs of students with disabilities and the clear message from families and schools that a 30% reimbursement rate is not adequate to meet the needs of students and keep pace with more than a decade of flat funding to special education supports.

Based upon hundreds of family stories from across the state, Survival sees that the need is clear and overdue.  The current proposal is 1/6 of what the Governor requested, and does not even provide 1/3 of the costs of the special education, pushing the majority of expenses back on local districts. Read full press release.

Joint Finance Committee to take action on Special Education Budget

The Joint Finance Committee will take action on the Special Education Budget on Thursday, May 23rd.  The Survival Coalition is releasing a report that was prepared and delivered to Joint Finance at the Green Bay Hearing.  Families provided their stories to show why additional funding is needed for special education in Wisconsin public schools. You can link to the stories HERE

 Survival also asks that you take action before Thursday to contact your legislators:

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR NOW– Joint Finance Votes on Special Education Funding Thursday, May 23.

  •  Special education funding has not increased across Wisconsin in the last decade and parents are reporting the impact on their children with disabilities.
  • Governor Evers’ proposed state budget calls for a significant increase in special education funding to stop the $2 billion shortfall for school districts across Wisconsin.
  • Joint Finance to consider three options; A. the Governor’s Recommendation; B. an increase of only 1% a year for the next 10 years, or C. an increase of 5.5% increase over the next two years.  This is between 91% and 75% less than the Governor’s recommendations.
  • The Governor’s proposal would increase that reimbursement to 60% by 2021 and meets the 65% increases in costs over the last decade.
  • Funding provides more money for all kids in public school.

Contact Your Legislator today and tell them you support the Governor’s Budget Recommendation-Option A-  $600 million and NOT the alternative options B and C.     Kids with disabilities will continue to be in crisis without the $600 million in funding.  Now is the time to invest in ALL students.

 To find your legislator : https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov