WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXPR) - An advocacy group for Social Security and Medicare says their officials were surprised when they ran a report showing Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district has one of the highest impacts from Social Security in the nation.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's Dan Adcock says they took numbers from the Social Security Administration and broke them down by congressional district. Adcock says, not surprisingly, that districts in Florida topped the list, but the district that covers much of northern and central Wisconsin was very high up the list. “I think we’re talking about a billion dollars per Congressional district, that’s the usual amount. In your district, the seventh Wisconsin is way over average at 2.31 billion dollars worth of Social Security income over the course of a year.” That money is distributed among approximately 167,000 people who are either retired, on disability or widows, widowers or children. Adcock says that money has a large economic impact within this congressional district. The lobbying is underway as Congress considers cutting cost of living increases for recipients called the "chained CPI.” “That would take a million dollar hit in each Congressional district, and it’s something that actually over time compounds and snowballs, so it’s still going to be huge. It’s going to be in the millions of dollars, and I don’t know what is specifically for Wisconsin’s seventh (district).” In the nearby 8th Congressional District there are almost 142,000 recipients with $2.31 billion dollars received.