Meanwhile, the regulatory process that for years had kept tabs on the city's pesticide use has unraveled, paving the way for vast increases in the application of potentially toxic chemicals in the city’s public spaces with little oversight.
More than 25 current and former King employees, residents and family members say residents are not receiving adequate care at King, even as the state brings in millions more each year, transferring the surplus money elsewhere.
Using veteran nursing homes as million-dollar moneymakers for the state has been a longstanding practice in Wisconsin, endorsed by both political parties over the last decade.
Among the pesticides used in Madison parks is the controversial weed killer Roundup, along with similar products that contain the chemical glyphosate, the use of which is coming under increasing attack because of its links to cancer, birth defects and a variety of other maladies.
An employee at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King has filed a complaint against the state alleging she was discriminated against on the job.
Amber Nikolai, the former member and public relations director at the King home and the current volunteer and event coordinator, said she was discriminated against because of her sex and her efforts to oppose discrimination at the agency against others.
Over more than a decade, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs transferred $55 million away from its largest veterans nursing home as it delayed facilities improvements, including failing to replace soiled carpeting for more than seven years, according to an audit of the home's finances released Friday.
Dane County health officials and juvenile justice experts say the absence of an appropriate in-state facility is not anyone’s fault. It’s the result of a set of factors that have built up and changed over time, leading to a population of youth with more complex needs and a shortage of treatment options. It’s also a relatively new issue for Dane County, which placed its first youth in an out-of-state facility in October 2016.
A Wisconsin Department of Veterans official labeled an employee who spoke out about concerns at the King veterans home a "whistleblower" and discussed how to demote the employee, according to emails obtained by the Cap Times.
The top human resources official at the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is on his way out.
A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspection found three instances in which the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King failed to meet federal standards, including one where a resident fell from a bed and suffered a skull fracture and brain injuries.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Daniel Zimmerman, just over one month on the job, has reassigned the head of the King veterans home. The move comes as the home is being audited by the Legislature and while Gov. Scott Walker, in both his capital budget and biennial budget requests, has asked for more money to improve infrastructure and staffing there.
Millions of dollars in state money could be headed to Wisconsin’s veterans homes over the next two fiscal years, if lawmakers approve Gov. Sco…
His 44 Madison properties have lower rents and he accepts tenants with spotty rental histories in exchange for housing that consistently falls short of the city’s standards.