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State Parks34 State Parks, OPEN TODAY...

Exchanging Ideas: A productive discussion on WMC's Back to Business plan...

Protect Yourself: Beware of scams...

Financial Resources: Strategies and resources for difficult times... 

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State Parks: OPEN TODAY!

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Beginning today, May 1, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen 34 state parks, including many popular destinations in Southeast Wisconsin such as Lapham Peak. Some conditions will apply to many of the parks, including shorter hours and limits on capacity. State Parks will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00PM daily, and restroom facilities will be closed. Please plan breaks accordingly and limit liquid consumption. A state park sticker/trail pass is necessary for entry. State Park stickers can be purchased and paid for over the phone. Click here for more information, and see park capacities here


Waukesha County Park System

County Parks provide even greater options for outdoor activity. Click here to learn about our county park system, and where you can go for a local walk, hike, or bike during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Back to Business Plan




 Yesterday, Rep. Allen attended the Assembly Committee on State Affairs Informational Hearing regarding the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Back to Business Plan. 

This hearing presented a much needed opportunity to begin bipartisan discussions on developing a gradual and safe plan to reopen the economy amidst COVID-19. The productive discussion featured testimony from many industries and individuals from across the State. Speakers included Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) CEO and Secretary-designee Missy Hughes, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Scott Manley, a UW Madison economist, an emergency room physician, a few business owners representing restaurants and grocery stores, and representatives from Wisconsin's major industries, including dairy, restaurants and hospitality. We invite you to watch the full hearing on WisconsinEye

Protect Yourself: Beware of Scams



Scammers are experts at changing their messages to catch you by surprise. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties related to the Coronavirus. There have been many reports to both the State and Federal agencies about fraudulent activity. 

Here are some quick tips to protect you from scammers:

  • Be aware of fraudulent calls, texts, and emails from individual pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census Bureau or FDIC. These fake government messages may claim to pertain to your stimulus check, cash grant money, or fake individual loan approvals. Scammers might also promise you with fake small business loans, or send a (phishing) alert that a check is ready to be picked up. These are all scams, and none of those messages come from a government agency.
  • Watch out for scammers offering fake, low-cost COVID-19 insurance or Medicare benefits.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Beware of scammers contacting you claiming your health insurance has been canceled and then providing a toll-free phone number or malware link to click in hopes of stealing your personal information. 
  • To protect yourself, hang up on robocalls and remember to never disclose personal information over the phone.
  • If you are ever unsure that an insurance company or agent selling you a product is legitimate and licensed to sell insurance in Wisconsin, you can visit the following website from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

To report suspected scams, fraud, false marketing claims, or other consumer complaints related to COVID-19, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Consumer Protection Hotline at or (800) 422-7128, or file an online complaint

For federal programs, file a report at the Federal Trade Commission

Financial Resources


With many people out of work or earning less during the COVID-19 pandemic, smart spending and saving matters more than ever before. Here are some resources that can help you begin to strategize your financial well-being during these trying times.  

Wisconsin Credit Union League Resources

Ready, Financial Preparedness Initiative

What to do if you are laid off during COVID-19?

*All links posted here are to be utilized for informational purposes only, and do not constitute an endorsement of any particular business or professional organization. 

Quick Links 

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 

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Resources

SBA Wisconsin Office

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance

WI DWD Unemployment Insurance Information in Spanish

American Red Cross

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