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Legislators; Evers hope to come to an agreement over coronavirus relief bill

 

This week the state’s legislature has been called in for an extraordinary session to vote on a proposed cornonavirus relief bill.

You can view all 87-pages of the proposed bill here.

"I think that this is a bill that’s going to have broad bipartisan support," said State Senate president Roger Roth. "I would be surprised if few or any people are going to vote against this. This is something that the people of Wisconsin want."

The proposed coronavirus relief bill will help unemployed Wisconsinites get their benefits without a one-week waiting period as well as the $600 weekly payment from the CARES Act. Unemployment payments will be retroactive.

It also waives COVID-19 testing fees for senior citizens and allows healthcare workers to keep their license even if it expires during this emergency.

“If you’re a senior citizen and you’re looking at the potential might be to COVID-19. This bill addresses that. We make sure we don’t charge money for vaccinations and so forth," said Roth. "Men and women are out in the field right now, in the healthcare profession, fighting for us, keeping us safe and healthy. We’re going to make sure the burden red tape of government doesn’t come down and keep them from doing their job.”

Governor Tony Evers hadn’t seen the finalized bill proposal Monday afternoon, but hopes he and the legislators can come to an agreement.

“There’s an expectation on the part of small business owners and workers in the state as well as our agricultural community, especially them, that the state of Wisconsin can step up and help them out financially," said Evers. "Hopefully this won’t be a one-shot answer to the crisis here in Wisconsin, but an opportunity to establish a dialogue so we can talk about the farmers of the state, talk about small business owners to our state with the hundreds of thousands of people who employ them.”

Roth said Monday he thinks this bill will have strong support across the board when it’s voted on Tuesday in the Assembly and Wednesday in the Senate.

“I know the majority of Democrats and Republicans have been working together on this bill," said Roth. "We wanted to get something that would secure bipartisan votes. This isn’t the time, I don’t believe, nor does anyone else for that partisanship.”

Roth says the senate will meet in a virtual session Wednesday morning at 11 am which can be streamed live online at WisEye.org.

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