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COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,

In order to support your families being able to take a deep breath, turn away from constant news updates, and create a new temporary normal, my office will continue posting a near-daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency to our website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is my hope that one reliable update each day will allow you to take a deep breath, oversee all that is happening in your own life and home, and have a reliable source of news you can count on to be up to date and accurate. As always, previous updates are on our website and linked beneath the graphic below. 

My greatest concerns right now are your lives and livelihoods. We are working hard to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to fight for our small businesses in an unprecedented crisis. 

In solidarity,

Rep. Robyn Vining

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 Past email updates can be found HERE 

Unemployment Insurance Bill Package

UI Relief Package_FB1.pngToday, Legislative Democrats introduced a package of bills to improve Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance system. I am a co-sponsor of the 8 bills. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a massive influx in UI applications, which has overwhelmed the current UI system. These bills seek to reduce barriers to UI that slow down the ability to receive benefits when Wisconsinites need them most. 

Read my full statement in support of these proposals HERE

The bill package includes: 

  • LRB 6244: Allowing social security disability (SSDI) recipients to receive concurrent unemployment insurance benefits;
  • LRB 6246: Reinstating the ability of those participating in extended occupational training to receive extended UI benefits;
  • LRB 6249: Suspending the $500 wage threshold for recipients of unemployment insurance benefits temporarily;
  • LRB 6254: Providing DWD the authority to determine by administrative rule what constitutes suitable work a claimant must accept if offered, and what labor market conditions to review based on the number of weeks that the claimant has received benefits;
  • LRB 6256: Expanding DWD authority to promulgate rules that provider waivers for certain requirements;
  • LRB 6257: Eliminating the requirement that claimants wait one week before receiving benefits;
  • LRB 6265: Reduces administrative requirements; and
  • LRB 6362: Eliminating the concept of substantial fault from being a disqualifying factor.

DATCP Food Security Grants 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is inviting food banks and other eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for the COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant program now until 5:00 PM on July 29, 2020. This is the second grant available under the Food Security Initiative.

For more information, read the full announcement from DATCP HERE

 Department of Health Services Updates 

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

Updates on the Badger Bounce Back plan gating criteria can be found HERE.  

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39,627 confirmed cases (increase of 900*)

6.3% of total tests are positive (for 7/16)

3,968 hospitalizations (10% of cases- increase of 45)

30,555 recovered cases (77% of all cases)

699,670 negative test results (increase of 13,371)

831 devastating deaths (increase of 4)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 15,057 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 1,950 confirmed cases

*Changes over yesterday


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
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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