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Contents

  • Upcoming Election
  • DWD Updates
  • WEDC Updates
  • Federal Gov't Updates
  • Support Local Businesses

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Upcoming Election

If you have not already done so, please request your absentee ballot - you can do so by clicking the graphic at the top of the page.

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My office has also been contacted by a few different municipalities concerned about poll workers. If a poll worker falls into an "at-risk population," it is highly recommended, the municipal clerk find a replacement as soon as possible.

FAQ's from the Wisconsin Election Commission can be found, here

Department of Workforce Development

Given this is an unprecedented time, a couple things to know if you find yourself out of work through no fault of your own:

 * Work search requirements are waived while the State is under Executive Order 72

 * So long as individuals are not sick or nor in quarantine due to exposure, it is considered that individuals are available for work (essentially, if you are not working because you are sick with COVID-19 or quarantined, you are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance). 

BEST CASE SCENARIO if you get approved for UI, is that a person will received about $370 per week. DWD highly recommends that if a person requires more than this, they consider a temporary job stocking shelves at a grocery store or driving delivery orders for restaurants to make up. 

If a person looses their healthcare, first work with the previous employer to get signed up for COBRA and then contact the Department of Health Services. 

Applications are double daily, and EVERYONE is highly encouraged to apply online: DWD Unemployment Online Application Website

Also, if you have any further questions - DWD has done a great job compiling information, so please review their resources ONLINE before calling them.

DWD has also closed all of its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices around the state, but they have kept several Job Center locations opened. 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Information and resources available to help businesses in Wisconsin weather the disruption COVID-19 is causing.

WEDC's Small Business 20/20 Program featured in recent news reports works with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to distribute to their qualifying clients. The CDFIs, not WEDC, will provide grants to businesses directly. Funds from the SB20/20 program will be distributed by participating CDFIs to their current clients.  Applications for this funding must be made to qualifying community development financial institutions, not to WEDC.

Businesses who are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC is working to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available.

Information on assistance programs available to Wisconsin business owners found here

To help Wisconsin unlock federal SBA loans, WEDC, Wisconsin Emergency Management, work with local partners and representatives to ensure Wisconsin could identify the required number of businesses that have sustained an economic injury due to COVID-19.

WI was able to meet the SBA threshold needed for an emergency declaration.

Governor Evers submitted the declaration to the US Small Business Administration on March 18, and we hope that the SBA will open loan portal access shortly. For more information on the SBA loans, please visit SBA.gov/disaster or sba.gov/coronavirus

Federal Government

Wednesday night, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The new law provides Americans with free testing, paid sick leave, family leave for caregivers, and food assistance for the needy among other things.

The Senate has begun work on an economic relief package.


Thursday, the State Dept. has advised all U.S. citizens to forgo any form of upcoming foreign travelFurther, it has advised U.S. citizens who are currently abroad to arrange for immediate return to the states.


During remarks Thursday at the White House, the Vice President indicated that testing is increasingly becoming available in all 50 states. He credited a partnership with several private labs for an increased capacity in testing – noting that all state, fed and private labs must provide their results to the CDC.


Thursday, the President and Vice President hosted a video conference with the governors to further coordinate efforts between the state and federal governments. FEMA has been designated as the lead agency on the federal level.

 

 

Other Important Links: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

 White House and Congress:

Support Local Businesses

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Click on the above graphic to find the most up to date list of restaurants available for take-out or delivery. 

If you own or operate a business offering take out or delivery, you can sign up to get on the list here