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Polling Location Update

On Friday, the City of Middleton consolidated all city polling locations to Kromrey Middle School. Everyone who lives in wards 1 through 22 who wants to vote on Election Day April 7th will need to go to Kromrey instead of their usual polling place. Voters are asked to enter through Door 5 and parking is available in the lot on Donna Drive. 


To learn more, click here: https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/159/Elections

Blue and Orange Simple Hand Voting Campaign Poster.png (1)This order takes effect at 8 am on Wednesday (tomorrow) and will last until April 24th or later.


 


Federal Stimulus

As you may know, the federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). This stimulus package provides roughly $2 trillion to combat COVID-19. The non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) put together a comprehensive overview of the included provisions but here are some of the highlights. The CARES Act:

  • Creates a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund to help state, local, and tribal governments.

  • Creates a $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund for school districts, colleges and universities, and states.

  • Allocates $45 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund to help with immediate needs of state and local governments.

  • Grants $1.4 billion for deployments of the National Guard.

  • Allocates $4.3 billion to the CDC to assist state, federal and local public health agencies to respond to COVID-19.

  • Delays the implementation of Real ID until next year. 

  • Grants $25 billion to transit systems.

  • Allocates $400 million in election security grants.
  • Expands unemployment insurance from the standard three months to four, and raises the weekly compensation rate to $600.

  • Establishes a $500 billion lending fund for businesses and local governments.

  • Sends a direct payment to many Americans of $1,200 per adult, $500 for each dependent child. 

Right now, the state and the federal government are still working out the logistics of how the CARES Act will be implemented in Wisconsin. As we learn more, I will be sure to keep you updated. If you would like to learn more about the provisions listed above, please visit NCSL’s website. 


Evers Package

Over the weekend, Governor Evers put forward a legislative package to combat the spread of COVID-19. Here is a summary of his proposals:

  • Purchase up to 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks
  • Provide the Department of Health Services (DHS) with “sum sufficient” authority to spend whatever they feel is necessary to continue the fight against COVID-19. 
  • Suspend voter ID during the public health emergency.
  • Increase payments to low-income Wisconsinites.
  • Grant Medicaid flexibility to earn more federal funding.
  • Extend the Governor’s emergency powers beyond the original 60 days. 

I wholeheartedly support the Governor’s call to action and am urging Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald to act without delay to enact these important provisions. 


Supplies Update


During this difficult time our healthcare professionals are working around the clock to provide life-saving care to Wisconsinites infected with COVID-19. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed and while there is a shortage, I want to make sure anyone has the link to donate or sell large quantities of PPE. The following link can be used to get in contact with the Department of Health Service if you have any PPE to donate: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations 

Understanding 
“Safer at Home”

Stay at your home - all people in Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home, with certain exceptions listed below. You should follow Social Distancing Requirements of leaving six (6) feet between you and all other people if you have to leave your home or you go outside. 

Non-essential business must close - unless a business is deemed essential, they are required to close their Wisconsin facilities. Exceptions include minimum basic operations and employees working from home. 

Prohibited activities - all public and private gatherings of any number of people who are not part of the same household is prohibited. 

Closures - all k-12 schools, all public libraries, all public places of amusement and activities, all salons and spas. 

No travel - unless it is Essential Travel, all travel is prohibited. Those who rely on public transit must practice social distancing.

Those who are elderly and people with underlying health conditions should take extra precautions beyond what is outlined in this order. 

Individuals who are homeless or those who are facing unsafe residences due to abuse are permitted to find an alternative residence, such as a shelter, hotel, or other facility.

Enforcement: local law enforcement is responsible for enforcing this order. Violation is punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment or up to $250 fine. 

When in doubt, please continue to follow the guidelines established by DHS and the CDC.


STAY IN TOUCH!

Your voice is important, and I encourage you to communicate with me. I am honored to serve as your State Representative, and will continue to speak your views and vote your values within the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Sincerely,

Dianne Hesselbein sig.bmp

State Representative 

79th Assembly District

March 30, 2020

HELPFUL LINKS

Governor Evers' Website on COVID-19

DHS Website

Apply for Unemployment

CDC Website

Worldometer - US and International data 

Dane County

Online Voter Registration Extended!

A federal judge extended online voter registration until March 30th. Eligible voters can continue to visit this website to register to vote. The April 7th election is going forward as scheduled but people are encouraged to request an absentee ballot by April 2nd to vote from home by mail. If you have not requested your absentee ballot, please visit this website today!

 

TAXES

Important New Tax filing Dates.pngFederal and state tax filing and payment deadlines have been moved from April 15th to July 15th. You will now have until July 15th to file and pay taxes penalty free.

 Free School Meals

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is providing free meals to students even though schools are closed. There are nine locations in the area and there is no sign up required. Learn more here.

 DOT Online Services

Many DMV services can be done online. Instead of waiting in line at the DMV, use these helpful links:

 DNR Counter Service

Counter service at DNR service centers has been suspended. You can still reach customer service representatives via their hotline (888) 936-7463, 7am - 10 pm, 7 days a week. 

Hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase at www.gowild.wi.gov

Access to Public Utilities

Ensuring that Wisconsinites have water, heat, and electricity continues to be of the utmost importance. Because of the state public health emergency, all water, electric, and natural gas utilities will not disconnect residential service due to nonpayment. If a home has been disconnected from services, utilities must make a reasonable attempt to reestablish service.
To learn more, click here.

 Child Care Information

Child Welfare Information

Small Business 2020

The WEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding for the Small Business 20/20 (SB20/20). SB20/20 will provide grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave (including sick, family and other leave related to COVID-19). Visit the following website for more information.

UW System

For the latest information on what each UW System school is doing during this outbreak, please visit this website: UW System COVID-19 Preparedness page.

 Consumer Protection

Governor Evers authorized the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to enforce Wisconsin’s price gouging protections until this public health emergency has ended. DATCP also investigates all scams and commercial fraud.

If you think you are being scammed or want to report an issue, please contact the DATCP Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128, datcphotline@wisconsin.gov, or file a complaint online.
 
 
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Madison, WI 53708

608-266-5340

Rep.Hesselbein@legis.wi.gov