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Weekly E-Update

Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to my latest e-update. Here is a summary from the past week as your State Representative. 

As always, previous updates are available on our website and social media. 

Please contact my office with any questions or concerns.

In solidarity,

Robyn Vining    

Action Needed to Repeal One Week Waiting Period

On March 11th, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, which allocated an additional $300 per week for unemployed Wisconsinites. In order to access these funds, the Wisconsin Legislature must suspend the one week unemployment insurance (UI) waiting period. 

Read my full statement on this issue HERE. 

 COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

This Monday, Wisconsinites aged 16+ with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

For more information about what groups are eligible, visit the DHS website HERE.

En español, AQUI¿Tiene preguntas sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19? Llame al 844-684-1064 (llamada gratuita).

As of March 25th, 2,516,716 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin and 27.3% of Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose, with 15.8% fully vaccinated. 

For more information about where you can get a vaccine, visit the DHS website HERE.

For more information about where to get vaccinated in Waukesha County, visit their website HERE.

For more information about where to get vaccinated in the city of Wauwatosa, visit their website HERE.

For more information about where to get vaccinated in the city of Milwaukee, visit their website HERE. En español AQUI

Session & Committee Update

Assembly in Session 

On Tuesday, the Assembly met in session, passing 9 bills and 3 resolutions. The next floor period for the Assembly is April 13-15.

This Week in Committees 

On Wednesday, two committees that I am a member of met. 

Rep. Vining asking a question during the Assembly Committee on Mental Health informational hearing, seated next to Rep. Dave Considine

In the Assembly Committee on Mental Health, we held an informational hearing and heard from organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Children’s Mental Health, Department of Public Instruction, Department of Corrections, and the Department of Health Services about mental health issues and issues for legislative consideration.

In the Committee on Children & Families, we held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 26, Assembly Bill 138, Assembly Bill 142, and Assembly Bill 143.

Next week, the Assembly Committee on Children & Families will be holding an informational hearing on Wednesday at 10am related to childcare. The Assembly Committee on Health will meet on Thursday at 10am, for a public hearing on 3 bills. 

State Budget Updates

Governor's Budget Listening Sessions

Thank you to everyone who has tuned in to Governor Evers’ virtual Badger Bounceback live sessions thus far. If you want to take action, there are still 4 opportunities to attend these sessions. In these sessions, Wisconsinites can discuss, provide feedback, and share personal experiences as it relates to Governor Evers’ proposed 2021-2023 Biennial Budget. These meetings will take place at 6PM on the following dates: 

  • March 30th - Transportation & Infrastructure, register HERE.
  • April 8th - What’s Best for Our Kids, register HERE.
  • April 14th - Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization, register HERE.
  • April 21st - Climate Change & Our Environment, register HERE.

 Forward Wisconsin Budget Meetings

Thank you to those who attended or tuned into the Forward Wisconsin budget meeting on Wednesday on Healthcare! I spoke on several of the mental health provisions of Governor Evers' proposed budget. 

As the ranking member of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health, I very much appreciated the opportunity to talk about the Governor’s budget, which includes critical investments in mental healthcare for Wisconsinites.

Mental healthcare is healthcare. The needs we see related to mental health in Wisconsin existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and these issues have since been exacerbated by the pandemic.

This is why now more than ever it is essential to make sure Wisconsinites have the support they need, and access to the healthcare they deserve, which includes mental healthcare.

If you missed the meeting, you can watch the recording HERE.

Next Wednesday, March 31st at 7pm, Forward Wisconsin will be holding their final budget meeting on Economy & Infrastructure. Sign up HERE.

 People's Maps Commission Update

The People’s Maps Commission announced today that it has heard from over 1,000 Wisconsinites representing 65 counties and 245 municipalities since their first virtual hearing on October 1st, 2020.

Read the full announcement HERE.   

Wednesday, March 24th -  Equal Pay Day

March 24th is recognized as Equal Pay Day to acknowledge the pay gaps that exist between men and women. I co-sponsored a resolution along with my legislative colleagues, and Governor Evers issued a proclamation recognizing March 24th, 2021 as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin.

On average, Wisconsin women working full-time, year round, earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. For Black, Latina, Asian & Pacific Islander, and Native American women, the wage gap is even larger. All people deserve equal pay for equal work.

COVID-19 Case Update

For daily updated information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit the DHS website HERE.


574,870 confirmed cases (increase of 434)

9% of total tests are positive, by person (for 3/26/2021)

27,353 hospitalizations (4.8% of cases- increase of 39)

561,393 recovered cases (97.7% of all cases)

2,702,564 negative test results (increase of 4,391)

6,597 devastating deaths (-2 due to data issue)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 100,179 confirmed cases (increase of 119)
Waukesha - 41,802 confirmed cases (increase of 42)

*Changes over day prior


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

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P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov 

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