This week on #LocalGovMatters Gwyn talks with Brent Vruwink and Deb Barnes. Brent Vruwink is the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association Legislative Chair and the Agency Director of the Child Support Department for Wood County. Deb Barnes is the President of the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association and the Director of the Child Support Department for La Crosse County.
The podcast starts off with Deb and Brent explaining what the Child Support Agencies do and how they have evolved over the years. To learn more about County Child Support Agencies, check out May’s WCA Magazine.
The three went on to discuss funding and what Gov. Evers proposed in his state budget for County Child Support services. In addition, the three touched on some significant statistics associated with county child support services:
- Child support represents 58% of family income for children living in poverty.
- In 2017 County child support agencies collected $943M in child support payments.
- In 2017, Court orders for private health insurance were established in 98% of cases and 32,221 Badgercare-eligible children were enrolled in private health insurance, a savings of $25.5M for the state.
- In 2017, Wisconsin established 24,566 paternities.
The podcast concluded with a discussion of two bills: AB-166 by Rep. Krug and SB-158 by Sen. Testin. The bill is called Administrative Paternity and addresses court appearances in establishing paternity.
Thanks as always to Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Thanks to our great partners in community media:
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