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  • Coming Together

  • Assisting with Unemployment       

  • Task Force on Racial Disparities

  • COVID-19 Quick Links

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Ron's Recap: November 6, 2020

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You may have noticed that you have not received my weekly newsletter in the past few months. That is because Wisconsin state law prohibits legislators who are running for re-election to send out mass communications during the campaign season. 

Now that the election has passed, my office will once again send out weekly updates. 

 Coming Together After the Election

After we move on from another election, it is more important than ever to come together as a community. I am inspired by the courage, strength, and resiliency of the 3rd Assembly District. Together, we will overcome the coronavirus and get back on track. 

As your representative, I want to hear from you! I represent each and every one of you and your best interests. If you have a constructive idea about how we can improve the 3rd Assembly District and our state, please reach out to my office. I look forward to another productive term in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and I am honored to be your representative. 

 

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Assisting with Unemployment 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, my office has received hundreds of contacts from worried individuals who have lost their job. They applied for unemployment insurance, but have had to wait weeks to hear anything about their claim. 

My office has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, attempting to get answers. I have heard the frustration from those who are still trying to get unemployment insurance.

In April, the Wisconsin State Legislature gave Governor Evers’ Administration the tools it needed to meet the challenges of shutting down the state for an unknown period of time. The legislature suspended the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance, authorized Governor Evers to transfer state employees from one agency to another, and acted so that those who are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance could receive pandemic  unemployment insurance from the federal government.

Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites still await their unemployment insurance. If you are one of those individuals, please contact my office. We are here to help! 

 

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Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities 

The Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities is planning its next meeting in the coming weeks. The co-chairs, Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), brought the group together for the first time last week on October 28. You can watch the first meeting by clicking the photo above or using the following link: https://wiseye.org/2020/10/28/speakers-task-force-on-racial-disparities/

The task force includes four legislators and 28 community members who will focus on ways to address racial disparities, educational opportunities, public safety, and law enforcement policies and standards. The membership represents a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and geography of the state. I look forward to hearing their recommendations. We know that it is through listening and learning from one another that Wisconsin can move forward together.

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