How does budget help county?
“The final version of the budget that goes to the governor includes an amendment I authored that will boost Medicaid payments to nursing homes in Rock County,” Robson said in a news release.
The Beloit Democrat’s list also includes:
Doubling state funding for HealthNet, the free clinic in Janesville, from $25,000 to $50,000 a year.
-- Designating $235,000 for construction of a pedestrian tunnel for the Spring Brook Trail under East Milwaukee Street in Janesville, if the Department of Transportation determines the project is eligible for federal aid.
-- Funding a half-time assistant Rock County district attorney position, which would allow an existing half-time prosecutor in the Rock County DA’s office to go to full-time status.
-- Providing $20,000 for the Rock County CARE House, which coordinates services for child victims of abuse and neglect.
-- Providing $150,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocate programs around the state, including the one in Rock County. Court-appointed special advocates help social workers and county attorneys determine what is in the best interest of children in abuse and neglect cases.
-- Funding a pavement-rehabilitation project on Interstate 43 between I-90/39 and Highway 140 at an estimated cost of $6.8 million.
-- Funding the resurfacing of Highway 14 between County O and Highway 89 in Rock and Walworth counties. The cost is estimated at $2.5 million to $3 million.
-- Providing $2 million in tax credits to attract new business and industry to Beloit’s Gateway Development.
-- Moving Rock County into a new labor region with a higher Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes.