Opportunities and Supports

“All of us at some time need support from our community. We put people first when, as a community, we provide those supports that give individuals the opportunity to live their lives more fully.”
                   –Kathleen Vinehout 


We put people first when those who work don’t have to worry about child care. Recently, a mom told me she spends half her salary on child care. Wisconsin is ranked third worst in 50 states for affordable family-based infant child care.

We put people first when we fund alternatives to incarceration.  When we provide treatment instead of punishment for addiction and mental health illness.

We put people first when we provide support for those with disabilities. Every one of us is one bad day away from being disabled. Let’s make sure getting out of bed and getting dressed doesn’t become a barrier to leading a full life.

Many of these and other services are delivered by our local governments. They need to be adequately funded. The revenues the state shares with local governments have not kept up with either inflation or increasing need. Especially serious is the need for community-based mental health and drug addiction treatment.  In addition to providing adequate funding, I will make sure Wisconsin recognizes counties, tribes and municipalities as full partners in delivering services. Our local governments and tribes know the need. They are on the ground doing the delivery. They should be partners in making decisions.


Read More About This Topic in Kathleen's Columns


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2015-02-25 "You Have Got to Be Kidding!"

2009-04-01 Need for Services Outweighs State Dollars

2015-03-25 Advocacy Gives Voice to the Voiceless - Families Support Family Care and IRIS

2009-09-21 Healing Our Wounded Warriors

2015-09-09 Audit Shows Riders Received Poor Services: Elderly and Disabled Stranded When Company Did Not Deliver Rides

2010-02-22 Taking Care of Our Care Providers

2016-06-15 Birth, Life and Death of a Bad Idea

2011-04-19 Mr Walker: Join Me in a Neighborhood Walk

2017-04-11 Meth Addiction: The Growing Epidemic in Our Neighborhood

2011-05-04 Caring For Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

2017-11-15 “Faces of Addiction and Recovery” Came to the Capitol

2011-11-08 Let's Use Common Sense in Trimming Family Care

2018-01-24 Kicking Us When We Are Down

2012-10-17 Keeping Our Promise to the Most Vulnerable

2018-02-28 A Wheelchair is Not a Trampoline: Questioning Assumptions about Support

2014-04-30 Where's My Ride?

2018-03-21 Giving a Voice to People Who Live with Disabilities

2015-02-18 Save Senior Care, Again!