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State Representative Don Vruwink

October 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 
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Update on Investments made in Public Health, Emergency Response, and Economic Stabilization 

Gov. Tony Evers provided an updated accounting of federal funds invested in public health, emergency response efforts, and economic stabilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were allocated from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Additional information on these efforts is available on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website. The website provides transparent and regularly updated information regarding how and where Wisconsin is investing federal funding, including significant funding from the federal CARES Act.  To read the governor’s full press release click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Business Stabilization

Gov. Tony Evers announced more than $100 million for economic stabilization for small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new infusion of funds includes an additional $50 million for “We’re All In Grants,” an economic development grant program launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.   To read the full press release click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Funding for Public Infrastructure

Forty-two communities will receive grants totaling $36 million under a state-federal community development program. The projects include water and storm water management, sanitary sewer improvements, sidewalk and surface street projects, and blight elimination. Read the full new release here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Tourism Industry Grants

Applications are now being accepted for grants to help Wisconsin’s small businesses and venues that serve as cultural catalysts in communities across the state.

Here is a list of some of the available grants:

For more information on these and a full list of available grants click here

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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 Health Insurance Support

Wisconsinites who lost their health insurance coverage at any point this year may want to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll in healthcare coverage that works for them. Earlier this summer, the state launched WisCovered to connect Wisconsinites with free, expert help to get healthcare coverage.  These experts can help families understand their coverage options and determine if they qualify for free coverage through BadgerCare or help paying for their premium with an individual plan from HealthCare.gov. Read the full news release here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Evictions Stopped

On September 1, the CDC issued an order halting residential evictions through December 31, 2020. The order applies to just about all residential renters in Wisconsin. To read more about the order in the Federal Register, click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Double Down to Prevent COVID

As the pace of COVID-19 infection continues to increase rapidly in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Hospital Association is pressing the public to renew efforts to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Watch the full public service announcement here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Opioid Recovery

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $5 million to provide training, career services, and supportive services to individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.  Read the full DWD press release here

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Assistance for Alzheimer's Patients

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is one of 15 public health programs in the nation to be awarded grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin will use the grants to fulfill the aim of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Disease Act to develop and enhance public health strategies for risk prevention, timely diagnosis, disease management, and caregiver support.  Read the full press release here

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Jefferson County Bike Trail

Travel Wisconsin is promoting the beauty of the Glacial River Bike Trail. The Jefferson County section of the trial runs over 30 miles on paved off-road portions and marked on-road sections. Most of this trail is converted railroad bed and is a year-round, multi-use trail. The route meanders along scenic farmsteads, wetlands, prairies and through an iconic covered bridge. You can listen to the full interview here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Early Childhood Care and Education

An additional $30 million of federal dollars are being directed toward supporting early care and education providers. The additional funds will allow the Department of Children and Families to conduct an additional round of Child Care Counts payments.  Read the full press release here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Milwaukee Brewers Clinch First Pennant

Sept. 28, 1913 - You're not reading the date wrong! On this week 107 years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers, not related to the current team, clinched their first American Association pennant by beating Louisville, 3-1. The photo above is a 1909 photo of the Brewers. Wisconsin's sports history goes back much further than many realize, all the way to the early days of statehood. Click on the button below to read more about the rise of professional sports in Wisconsin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Cybersecurity Awareness

For many Wisconsinites, 2020 has been a groundbreaking year for the use of technological connection to maintain daily life. Our jobs, schools, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are dependent on the internet.  Read the full press release here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Farm Support

I am proud to report that more than 15,000 Wisconsin farmers received aid payments in the first and second rounds of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. Although distribution information is not available by legislative district, here is a  county-by-county breakdown:

 

County

Total # of awards

Total Distributed (Rounds 1 and 2)

Dane

709

$2,361,475

Jefferson

269

$899,783

Rock

414

$1,389,671

Walworth

193

$639,327

To learn more about the Wisconsin Farm Support Program click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Dairy Innovator Born

Oct. 22, 1843 - On this week 177 years ago, one of the Badger State's greatest agricultural inventors was born in New York. This man became a professor at UW-Madison and developed a test, bearing his name, which helped rapidly determine the butterfat content of milk. Innovations like this helped Wisconsin establish itself as a worldwide leader in the dairy industry. Find out more about this mystery man and his invention by clicking here.