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Federal Updates Related to COVID-19
  • President Trump has issued a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security to use the Defense Production Act to keep scarce medical resources within the United States for domestic use.
  • The U.S. Department of Education announced a new streamlined process for providing states funding flexibilities to meet the needs of students & educators during COVID-19, allowing schools to re-purpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distancing learning, among other things.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Wisconsin is open for business, standing ready to serve rural communities affected by COVID-19. Their website has numerous opportunities for relief.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a joint alert with the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre regarding exploitation by cybercriminals during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The CDC has issued new guidance for essential employees that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
State Updates Related to COVID-19
  • The Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) has released a new dashboard illustrating statewide and regional data related to daily COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment capacity. WHAIC also has two websites which also may be of interest to you as well – PricePoint and CheckPoint
  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in parternship with the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, School of Business, is conducting a state-wide survey to better understand and measure the economic hardship and impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s business community.

  • Department of Natural Resources - On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Evers directed the DNR to close 40 various state parks, forests, and recreational areas. You can read the release, here
  • On March 27, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #15 that largely suspends evictions and foreclosures amid the public health emergency. Recently, the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau issued a report that outlines the use of evictions in statute.  
  • Governor Evers - Yesterday, issued a press release on the clarification regarding religious gatherings in advance of the Easter Holiday. He also issued Executive Order 22, aimed at providing flexibility for many essential professions, and Executive Order 23, which intends to provide more low-income veterans access to emergency financial aid.
Paycheck Protection Program
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Click here to learn about the application process and how the program is intended to be run. You have until June 30, 2020 to get your application in!

Safer At Home

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The Capitol is much quieter these days, with everyone doing their part to stay at home and help control this virus. Our lives have all been turned upside down and everyday brings some new challenge. If there is anything you may require of my office, please email or call 608-266-8531. My staff and I are checking in daily. And, I will be sure to keep my legislative website up to date with information as well - there is even a specific drop-down for COVID-19 Related Resources, so be sure to bookmark it!

End of Session Wrap Up

speeches.jpgI am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as your Representative in Madison. This was an extremely busy, productive, and important session, and our work is not done yet!

committee.jpgI served on six different committees and two task forces, I wrote numerous bills and was able to get seven of them enacted into law, either in the budget or through the legislative process. 

assemblyguests.jpgIt was my privilege to host numerous guests from our national guard members to my fellow Desert Shield Desert Storm Veterans to the family of my predecessor. When things get back to normal, if you're ever in Madison be sure to stop in my office. I always make time in my schedule to greet visitors!

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