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Safer At Home Extended

Yesterday, Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm extended the Safer at Home Order until May 26, 2020. If you click on the graphic at the top of this newsletter you can read the order in full.

 

To say I’m frustrated is an understatement. My office and I learned of this extension literally at the exact same moment the media began tweeting and publishing stories about the Safer At Home Extension.


I want to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to my office in the last day or so, I’m glad to hear from you and what your thoughts are on this extension. Between my staff and I, we are doing our best to keep up with the contacts. However, I would encourage you to also reach out to Governor Tony Evers as well - please let him know what you think about this new order. His phone number is 608-266-1212 or click here to send him an email. You may also want to try tagging his social media accounts as well - Facebook and Twitter

Extraordinary Session

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This week, the Assembly was in Extraordinary Session to take up the COVID-19 Response Act

 

The COVID-19 Response Act eliminates the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits. The change would be applied retroactively to claims made after March 12 and will run until February 7, 2021. Additionally, the bill prohibits health insurance coverage discrimination based on COVID-19 and ensures there are no co-pays for COVID-19 testing. It eases licensing requirements for health care professionals and emergency medical responders.

 

Passage of the bill will ensure that Wisconsin will receive the entire $2 billion in federal assistance that Governor Evers has sole discretion over spending. Assembly Republicans have asked the governor to prioritize the needs of the health care industry, workers, small businesses and local governments when allocating these dollars.

 

The Senate took up the bill on Wednesday morning and passed it. The Governor called for it immediately and signed it into law. 

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Awaiting to cast my vote in support of the COVID-19 Response Act. 
State Updates 
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) launched a new page on its website with information on the Federal CARES Act, including additional information for regular claimants, PUA claimants, and those seeking extended unemployment benefits.
  • The Legislative Council has produced a handful of publications regarding the actions the State of Wisconsin has taken in its response to the pandemic. You access those publications, here.
  • If you’re interested in finding out more about the effects of COVID-19 on our dairy industry and the resources available to farmers, processors and consumers, check out this website. Or, you can always check out what the Midwest Farm Report or the Fabulous Farm Babe have to say as well.
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce has also developed a toolbox of webinars to help employers navigate the COVID-19 virus.
  • Resilient Wisconsin, a new page from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, has consolidated the latest mental and behavioral health self-care tools and trauma-informed practices.

 

Federal Updates

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  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun making Economic Impact Payments to individual taxpayers. The first people who will receive the stimulus payments are those who have already filed their 2019 tax return and already authorized the IRS to make a direct deposit into their bank account. Click on the graphic to visit the IRS portal to check the status of YOUR payment.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services (US-HHS) published its Move Your Way physical activity campaign to promote the recommendations from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Check out the resources on the website, here.
  • President Trump and the White House have released a preliminary plan for getting the country re-opened. You can read about benchmarks and phases, here.
  • The US Department of Veterans Affairs (US-DVA) has published its resources for veterans and how to manage anxiety and stress during this pandemic. You can find that publication, here.

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