State budget writers have agreed to expand the Family Care program, but require legislative oversight. Family Care gives seniors and the disabled in seven counties the option of receiving home assistance, instead of a nursing home. Governor Doyle sought an $80 million dollar expansion, eventually reaching all 72 counties . Caledonia Republican, Representative Robin Vos, said that price tag was too steep for Wisconsin taxpayers, especially since the program has been pitched as a money saver. "We are talking about . . . 100 million dollars out of the pockets of taxpayers all over this state," said Vos. JFC co-chair, Representative Kitty Rhoades, helped hammer out compromise with the Doyle administration. "This is about fixing the mess that we've got now, and understanding what the program will be," said Rhoades. "Now that its out there . . . we've got make sure that we understand it, and that we've got some review over it." The deal includes legislative oversight, which Doyle had opposed, and more money for mentally disabled kids. Vos was the only committee member to voter against the motion. Family Care began in five counties during the administration of former Governor Tommy Thompson .
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