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Last e-update of 2020: In accordance with Act 185...

DHS Reports: COVID cases after re-opening...

Safe Business Practices: Some photos from around the 97th District...

Small Business Relief: WEDC Grant programs...

Rent Assistance: details for households below...

Things are looking up: WI DOR economic predictions...

Quick Links: Helpful websites below...

 Last E-Update of 2020

In accordance with Wisconsin State Law and the provisions outlined in 2019 Act 185, extending the mass communications window, this will be the 97th district's last e-update for 2020. 

Traditionally, Wisconsin statute section 11.1205 prohibits a legislator who is running for re-election from sending out 50 or more pieces of “substantially identical” material between April 15th and the November general election.  This is commonly referred to as the “50 piece rule” or “49 piece rule.” 

2019 Wisconsin Act 185 creates a temporary exemption from the “50 piece rule” for certain COVID-related communications. Specifically, Act 185 allows for unlimited communications related to the “public health emergency” until June 10th. 

It has been my honor to provide resources to the 97th district during this time of uncertainty, please reach out to the office at any time with questions either by phone at (608) 266-8580 or by email at rep.allen@legis.wisconsin.gov.


 COVID-19 Update, Department of Health Services Data

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 The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Data shows an average percentage of positive COVID-19 cases statewide has been decreasing over the last several weeks. 

 On May 23, 2020, over two weeks ago, the percentage of positive cases was 6.8% of those tested. In the days since, the percentage has been steadily declining and as of today was 2.7%. The state has also been reflecting statistically significant negative trends of ER visits with COVID related concerns. 

The lower percentage of positives is an encouraging sign, said Department of Health Services chief medical officer Ryan Westergaard. 

While businesses are beginning to open up and life is slowly returning to its former self, everyone is still encouraged to maintain social distancing, good hand hygiene, and reach out to your primary care provider if you begin to feel ill, especially with a cough or fever. 


Safe Business Practices 

Below are a few photos from open businesses around the 97th district demonstrating safe business practices in light of COVID-19. Last week, Rep. Allen attended the first post "stay-at-home" funeral held at Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home in Mukwonago. Each guest was greeted by hand sanitizer and a reminder. 

We know the drill. Let's be wise and be safe in our interactions with others. 

 

 


WEDC Small Business Grants

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In May, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced a $75 million small business grant program. Applications for these grants will be available next week to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. 

Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption due to COVID-19 or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory. Click the link here for more details. 

The online grant application will be accessible for one week from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 21. 

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the one-week application period by gathering the following required documents:

  • 2018 or 2019 federal tax return for business (If you started your business in 2020, you are not eligible for this grant). Applicable tax returns are:
    • IRS form 1065 Partnership Return (no K-1s required)
    • IRS form 1120 Corporation Return (no schedules required)
    • IRS form 1120S S Corporation Return (no K-1s required)
    • IRS form 1040 (sole proprietors) and the following:
      • Schedule C, Profit and Loss from Business
  • Signed W-9 form available here.
  • A letter or email of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating your business was in operation in February 2020. 

 Rental Assistance

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We are aware that many constituents are behind on bills as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage everyone to first speak with their landlord to work out a temporary solution in light of widespread unemployment. 

If you are unable to work out a temporary plan, the Department of Administration is overseeing the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program to assist renters. Click here for more details. 

 In general, an applicant to the program must be an adult Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date. The program can award up to $3,000 per household. 

 Please contact Community Action for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. at (608) 237-1255 with questions. 


 Things Are Looking UP!

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You need not be an economist to know that the Wisconsin economy has suffered greatly because of the pandemic. The state unemployment rate climbed to more than 14 percent with hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs and income.  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently released their 2020 economic forecast, a report that maps out the latest data and makes projections based on state and national forecasts. In addition to predictions, the report also shows additional numbers illustrating the financial impact of COVID-19 on the state.

The report details how after nine years of strong growth, job markets fell quickly, and our state lost 440,000 jobs. Additional analysis shows that hospitality and food service were some of the hardest hit industries in the state. 

Even after a short period of re-opening, the numbers are already looking up. Many people are back to work and businesses are bringing in revenue again. Economists are projecting the state economy will start its rebound before the end of the year and should recover to its "pre-COVID-19 employment level by the end of 2023."

 

*Image credit: Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures


Quick Links 

WEDC re-opening guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Hospitals Association - Healthcare System Updates

COVID-19 State Services

Assembly Republican COVID-19 Resource Page 

SBA Wisconsin Office

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance

WI DWD Unemployment Insurance Information in Spanish

American Red Cross