To WALA CEO - A Message from the Office of Governor Tony Evers

Posted By: Todd Smet Community, Family Care, Industry, Legislative, Member News,

Governor's Task Force on Caregiving: A Message from the Office of Governor Tony Evers 


On April 29, 2021, WALA CEO Mike Pochowski received a Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Evers honoring and thanking him and the members of the Governor's Task Force on Caregiving for their work and service.  'It has been an honor and a privilege representing WALA on this Task Force and I am grateful for the opportunity.  We were able to promote the Direct Care Workforce Funding Initiative and propose much needed changes to the Family Care program.  There is more work to be done and we will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of our members. Read the full update below: 


Dear Michael,


I am writing to express my gratitude for your work on the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving, and for the comprehensive and innovative recommendations that the Task Force prepared on strengthening the direct care workforce and supporting families providing care at home. As you know, I share your commitment to supporting caregivers and I included many of your policy suggestions in my 2021-23 Badger Bounceback budget proposal, because investing in caregiving and long-term care is as much a moral issue as it is an economic one. This pandemic has laid bare the lack of access and affordability in the systems we use to support the people we care about, and we have to do more to strengthen our caregiving workforce, invest in long-term care, and ensure all families have access to quality, affordable care.


It is my sincere hope that our combined efforts, along with the support of the people of Wisconsin, will lead to an easing of the current shortage in the direct care workforce and provide more options and support for family caregivers. Thank you for your dedication to this important effort, and please accept this certificate of appreciation in recognition of your role as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving.



Tony Evers