Secretary Gassman speaks to 8th grade members of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley about the Wisconsin Covenant.
On February 8, Secretary Gassman outlined the Governor's Working Family Agenda, which was presented as part of the Governor's State Budget on February 13.
- BadgerCare Plus coverage for every child, allowing low-income families to simply enroll, while permitting those with higher incomes to buy coverage, starting at $10 a month;
- Expansion of BadgerCare Plus coverage to include low-income adults without children;
- Launch of the Wisconsin Covenant, a promise to Wisconsin eighth-graders that if they work hard, earn good grades, participate in their community, and be good citizens during high school, they will be guaranteed a spot in one of Wisconsin's universities or technical colleges;
- Creation of the Department of Children and Families dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. The new agency would draw programs, such as child support and Wisconsin Works, from DWD, and foster care and child care licensing, from the Department of Health and Family Services.