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Based on recommendations from the federal government, Governor Evers recently announced the "Badger Bounce Back" plan for reopening the Wisconsin economy. This plan involves three phases of gradual reopening and before moving to the next phase, the state must meet all gating criteria. 

Gating Criteria:

  • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period
  • Downward trajectory of COVID-19-like syndromic cases reported in a 14-day period
  • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period
  • Treatment of all patients without crisis care
  • Robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers
  • Decreasing numbers of infected healthcare workers

Once Wisconsin meets the above criteria, we can move to Phase One:

  • Mass gatherings up to 10 people
  • Restaurants open with social distancing requirements
  • Removal of certain Essential Business restrictions
  • Certain activities for non-essential businesses
  • K-12 schools resume
  • Child care resumes

Once in Phase One, the state must once again meet the Gating Criteria before moving to Phase Two:

  • Mass gatherings up to 50 people
  • Restaurants resume full operations
  • Bars open with social distancing requirements
  • Non-essential businesses resume operations
  • Colleges and universities resume

Again, the state must meet the Gating Criteria to move from Phase Two to Phase Three:

  • All business activities and gatherings resume
  • Minimal protective and preventative measures in place for general public
  • More protective measures for vulnerable populations

For more information on the Badger Bounce Back, visit these links:

Badger Bounce Back in Brief

DHS Guide to Badger Bounce Back

Emergency Order #31 - Badger Bounce Back

Wisconsin Ready - Badger Bounce Back


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On April 16th, Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm extended and revised the Safer-At-Home order originally scheduled to expire on April 24th. The new order becomes effective April 24th and will remain in effect until May 26th. The extension made important changes to the previous order:

Schools: public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Public Libraries: libraries will remain closed, but may provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.

Golf Courses: Golf courses may open with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.

Local Parks and Open Spaces: local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.

Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: essential businesses and operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies preventing workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.

Safe Business Practices for retailers listed as Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, and must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter; large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.

Non-essential Businesses: non-essential businesses can do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.

Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations. 

Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior lawn care or construction is allowed, so long as it can be done by one person.

Travel: People are strongly encouraged to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not travel out of state if it is not necessary.


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Happy Earth Day! I hope that you can take this time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state while maintaining social distancing. 


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.


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State Representative 

79th Assembly District

April 22, 2020


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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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P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708