April 23, 2021


Governor Vetoes Aid Package

In my last e-update, I talked about the Relief Plan that the legislature passed which would provide transparency and requirements for how the Governor uses the discretionary funds given to Wisconsin under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The federal ARPA relief package provides $3.2 billion in funds to Wisconsin for use how the Governor sees fit, and our legislative package would have made sure that citizens priorities were reflected in how the funding is used. 

Unfortunately, the governor did veto the legislative package this week. While he has announced he plans to help small businesses, I'm disappointed that he has yet to put forward a plan of his own on how he will use these discretionary relief funds. Though he has vetoed the legislative package, I do hope that any plan he puts forward does take the priorities the legislature put forward into account as he decides how to use these funds. 

Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities

The Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities Subcommittee on Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures has recently released it's report. The task force, made up of community advocates, faith leaders, law enforcement experts, and bipartisan leaders in the legislature, have worked to dig into this issue.

Through data collection, community collaboration, and in-depth discussions, they've come up with bipartisan recommendations on how we can address this issue in Wisconsin. I'm pleased to see that the task force was able to come together and discuss these difficult issues and lay the groundwork for bipartisan legislation. I look forward to seeing those recommendations introduced as bills for consideration in the legislature. 

Drug Take Back Day is April 24

April 24th is Wisconsin's prescription drug take back day. Unused or expired prescriptions should never be flushed or poured down the drain, as they can contribute to contamination of the public water supply if not properly disposed of.

To make proper disposal fast and easy, many local police departments regularly accept unwanted prescriptions and are able to dispose of them. For a map of take back locations, click here. More information on the drug take back program can also be found on the Dose of Reality website

DWD Unemployment Update 

Though I have thankfully seen more unemployment claims getting resolved recently, there are still many folks waiting on claim issues to be resolved. As a legislator, I'm able to reach out to DWD and make an inquiry on your behalf if you are experiencing issues or delays with your unemployment claim.

Click here to request an Unemployment Claim Inquiry

COVID-19 Quick Links

Below are some quick links to essential COVID-19 resources and information:

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