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Ron's Recap: June 5, 2020

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Wisconsin state law prohibits legislators who are running for re-election to send out mass communications after April 15th in even years. However, 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 exempts communications related to the COVID-19 public health emergency through June 10th. Therefore, this will be my final e-update until after the November election.

Please know my staff and I will continue to respond to any questions or concerns related to state government. You can contact my office at (608) 266-5831 or by e-mail at Rep.Tusler@legis.wisconsin.gov.

 COVID-19 Small Business Assistance

Many small businesses can apply for coronavirus pandemic relief next week. The "We're All In" Small Business Grant program will give grants to Wisconsin businesses with 20 or fewer employees. The grants range from $2,500 to $30,000 and can be used for costs associated with the pandemic including health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent or mortgages, and inventory. There are other eligibility requirements, which can be found on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation website. The application period runs for only one week from June 15th through June 21st.

 

An eligible business:

  • Was in business in February 2020. Businesses that started in 2020 are not eligible;
  • Is Wisconsin-based and for-profit;
  • Employs 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner; and
  • Has more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

Ineligible businesses are:

 

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Camping at State Parks to Resume 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen state campgrounds on Wednesday, June 10 with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning June 10 include:

  • Automatic touchless check-in.
  • New signs to educate visitors on recreating responsibly.
  • Park offices will remain closed to the public.

Click here or on the image below to read more about state campgrounds re-opening. 

 

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COVID-19's Economic Impact

The Wisconsin economy ended 2019 showing healthy economic growth. However, the largest US economic expansion on record came to a halt by the end of the first quarter of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, Wisconsin lost 440,000 jobs and is expected to lose 626,000 more between the first and third quarters this year. The hospitality sector was one of the hardest hit sectors, losing half of the total number of positions. Personal income growth is expected to fall to 0.2 percent in 2020, which is down from 5 percent in 2018 and 4 percent in 2019. 

Economic bounce back and growth will take time. According to the report,  Wisconsin is expected to recover its pre-Covid-19 employment level by the end of 2023, while the US will recover by mid-2023. 

You can view the Wisconsin Economic Forecast for May, 2020 by clicking here or on the image below. 

 

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