The governor elect in Wisconsin, Republican Scott Walker, announced that he will will push for a tax exemption for HSA contributions from employers. Wisconsin is one of the few states that doesn’t match the federal exemption. The Wisconsin legsislature went “red” as well, so his proposition will almost certainly pass soon after Walker is inaugurated Jan. 3. That should give a further boost to the rapidlpy growing number of consumer-drive health plans in the state. Walker also has signalled that he may push to take health care benefits off the bargainaing table at all levels of government in Wisconsin. That would let public entities move into the world of HSAs and CDHPs. About time. The taxpayers need relief from the hugely expensive public health plans.