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Friday, February 26, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE

As you may have seen in the news, the number of COVID-19 cases are down in our state. This is great news!

As of yesterday, the seven day case average was 658 new cases.

Wisconsin's 7-Day Average of New Virus Cases Drops to Pre-Surge Level

ALTERNATE CARE FACILITY

In case you missed it, this news was in last week’s late Friday news dump. A mere 170 patients were housed there, a number disproportionate to the $15 million in taxpayer dollars that were spent to construct it.

State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility Closed For the Time Being As Hospitalizations Drop

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

As previously mentioned, Gov. Evers does not need legislative approval to start the process of improving Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance computer systems at the Department of Workforce Development and could have already initiated it on his own. The result of Tuesday’s unanimous passage of legislation is that we are directing the Governor to take action now, because he has so far refused to do so.

In addition to directing the governor to commence soliciting requests for proposals, the legislation includes provisions to protect businesses, schools and local governments from frivolous lawsuits and exempts the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits through March 14.

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

Republicans are defending Wisconsinites against Tony Evers’ outrageous budget recommendations. Look for the Joint Committee on Finance to rework the state’s budget to a more workable level as they did last session. Constituents will have opportunities to attend virtual and in-person budget listening sessions in the next few weeks.

Tony Evers' Budget Takes Nearly $2 Billion Chunk Out of State's Improving Financial Situation

CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS to our incredible athletes from the 38th Assembly District who are headed to the WIAA State Tournaments this weekend!

REINING IN ADMINISTRATIVE RULE BREAKING

Legislators continue to rein in administrative rule-breaking. This week long-time, local business, Leather Rich, filed a suit against the Wisconsin DNR for arbitrarily changing rules without going through legislative approval as prescribed by state statute.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Sues DNR Over Remediation Standards For 'Forever Chemicals'

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Title V Section 501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist households that are unable to pay rent & utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Constituents in Waukesha & Dane Counties should apply directly to county programs while Jefferson County constituents may seek assistance through the statewide program.

RARE DISEASE DAY 2021

As someone who's been a Rare Disease Day partner AND ambassador nearly since its inception in 2008, Rep. Dittrich was excited to join the Wisconsin Rare Disease Day Virtual Event Thursday. She shared her own experience in the rare disease community and encouraged family advocates in reaching out to their legislators. She also expressed her support of Collin Cushman’s Law - LRB 1939/1 and LRB 2230/1, which would add newborn screening for Krabbe disease, which is critical to detect early.

Rep. Dittrich further supports AB 100, which would require training to be offered for those who will serve as legal guardians for their adult children (many with rare diagnoses) and also supports more rapid access to COVID-19 vaccinations for those with diagnoses that place them at high risk.

CONSTITUENT CORNER

It’s Lenten Fish Fry Season! Rep. Dittrich loves getting out to see constituents this time of year at one of our district’s wonderful fish fries. Recommend your favorite or invite her to one your organization is holding.