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Wisconsin Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides regarding the emergency order, in a virtual courtroom. If you didn't get a chance to see it, click on the picture above. It is an interesting debate and a good opportunity to hear from all of the justices and see how the Supreme Court works. Based on their ruling, there will be a few options that will affect Wisconsin and we look forward to hearing that decision at any moment now.

Wisconsin Hospital Association

The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) is a strong advocate for hospitals and health systems and provides advanced education on current trends and best practices. Wisconsin hospitals encourage patients to use the emergency department or urgent care if they feel it necessary. Patients should never hesitate to seek emergency care if they are experiencing symptoms. Our state’s hospitals and clinics are safe, clean and taking all necessary precautions to care for patients and their families. Patients should also contact their provider to discuss when they can schedule other important care.

Unemployment Benefit Delays

All legislative offices have received many calls and emails about their unemployment claims. I know payments are taking too long and I apologize for the frustration, stress and financial difficulty this has caused so many people. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is still struggling to catch up, but they are working to update their technology capacities and add staff to meet the demands. Thank you for your patience as they work on these improvements. If you are having trouble contacting DWD, send your representative or senator an email with a brief explanation of your situation and contact information. We can help in most cases. 

On a positive note, I’m glad to see Wisconsin has started paying the additional $600 per week (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) from the federal stimulus package. Wisconsin was one of the last states to receive this funding, which is why there was a delay in adding this money to weekly payments. 

Economic Toll of Shutdown

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) announced they have collected $870 million less in April of 2020 than collected in April of 2019. As Wisconsin’s economy continues to falter, our ability to provide funding for K-12, higher education, BadgerCare, SeniorCare and social programs will be greatly diminished. There are several plans that involve opening all retailers, including hair salons, that can be done safely. We can protect those who are at risk and get the rest of Wisconsin back to work.

Department of Health Services


Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) has a COVID-19 page that is filled with regularly updated information. There are statistics and charts about test results and deaths based on different demographics and counties. Hospital capabilities, including bed and ventilator inventories are recorded are there are many community resources on how to handle a variety of situations regarding COVID-19.


Representative Janel Brandtjen
State Capitol, Room 12 West
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 534-0022 or (608) 267-2367 | |