2012 Brings Numerous Changes Adversely Affecting Working Families
As the calendar turned to 2012, many of Wisconsin’s working families began to feel the effects of state budget cuts and policy changes made in the biennial budget bill signed into law last July. According to a new synopsis of delayed budget changes by Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, working families are beginning this month to be adversely affected by a number of changes, such as reduced tax credits, higher health care premiums and copays, and a new waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits.
“The range of changes that will make things tougher for Wisconsin families starting this year is startling,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. “At a time when so many working families are just starting to get back on their feet in the wake of the recession, it’s troubling to see just how many policy changes are going to make it more difficult for them to bounce back economically.”