Wisconsin could lead effort to restore states’ rights

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The legislative session ahead promises to be busy.

There will be plenty of big-ticket, high-profile policy debates devouring the headlines. Health care. Education. Transportation.

But another key initiative, for the most part off the radar, could change states’ increasingly subordinate role in the U.S. system of federalism.

Wisconsin, again, could lead the way to reform.

“With recent changes at the federal level, we have a unique opportunity to have more authority delegated back to the states, especially regarding the delivery of public benefit programs,” state Sen. Chris Kapenga wrote in a recent newsletter to constituents.

The Delafield Republican recently was named chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.

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