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Republicans break with Walker on SeniorCare


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two GOP Senators on the Joint Finance Committee are breaking from Governor Scott Walker on his proposal to change the SeniorCare program.

Joint Finance co-chair Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) both said Wednesday they oppose Walker's proposal to require participants in the popular senior citizen prescription drug program to first enroll in Medicare Part D.

They said in a joint statement they will continue to fight to preserve SeniorCare and not require Medicare Part D enrollment as Walker wants.

Wednesday is the second of five days of legislative briefings on Governor Scott Walker's biennial budget proposal. The Government Accountability Board, Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority all sat before the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

Thursday, the University of Wisconsin System, the Higher Educational Aids Board, Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Technical College System will meet in front of the JFC.

The agency hearings will be held Monday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 6.

Public hearings on Governor Walker's budget proposal begin Thursday, April 7 in Stevens Point.

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