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  • CARES Act Information

  • Take the U.S. Census

  • Support Local Restaurants

  • Additional Information

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Ron's Recap: April 2, 2020

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Today is the LAST DAY to request your absentee ballot! Voting absentee is free, easy, safe, and you can do it from home! Request your absentee ballot TODAY before 5:00 pm at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsenteeVoting at the polls on Election Day will still be offered, but you may experience a longer waiting time due to COVID-19 precautions.

 CARES Act Information

Cares Act Unemployment Insurance

  • The CARES Act also expands unemployment insurance to help Wisconsin workers that have been furloughed or laid off. With $260 billion in funding this package has expanded eligibility to cover more workers and we have increased the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week for every American through July 31, which will provide most workers with their full paycheck. The legislation also makes unemployment insurance available for 13 additional weeks for a total of 39 weeks in Wisconsin.  Unemployment insurance will also now be available for workers who are unemployed or unable to work because of the virus and don't qualify for traditional benefits.  This support ensures that workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with self-employed and workers in the gig economy. Apply for unemployment by visiting https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/.

Cares Act Child Care 

  • Additionally, the CARES Act provides $3.5 billion in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to the coronavirus. This funding will also help provide continued wages for child care providers and staff and allow child care programs to maintain critical operations. For more information on COVID-19 child care resources for essential workers through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, please visit: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare

CARES Act Support for Small Businesses 

  • The CARES Act provides:
    • $377 billion to support small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation will help provide small businesses the resources they need to keep moving forward, and keep their workers on the payroll.
    • $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities.
    • $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs.
    • $17 billion for SBA to cover six months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans, and six months of loan forbearance for all small businesses. 

Additional Resources Through the CARES Act

  • Not sure where to start? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:
    • Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you. 
    • A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Loan or Grant.
    • To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
    • Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.
    • Non-Profit?  Only501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) non-profits are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, while all private non-profits, including 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants. Finally, all non-profits are eligible for Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credits.

Wisconsin Leads U.S. in Census Responses

Outagamie County leads Wisconsin in responses! Forms have begun arriving in mailboxes across the country and completing them is easy! For the first time, you can complete the form online. Your participation in the 2020 Census is essential for the following reasons:

1. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

2. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

3. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Fill out the 2020 Census at https://www.2020census.gov/

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Support Local Restaurants

Please remember to support local restaurants during this difficult time! They need your help more than ever! For a list of restaurants and other local businesses near you, please click here.

 

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Ron enjoying takeout at The Outpost in Sherwood

Additional Resources

Below are a few quick links where you will find the latest news and guidance concerning COVID-19. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

COVID-19 State Services

Assembly Republican COVID-19 Resource Page

MyVote.Gov

American Red Cross

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources