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Dear Neighbor,

I am sharing a special edition of our newsletter this week to provide you with some additional information you may need to keep your families safe and healthy.

In addition to this newsletter, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. You may also follow our Department of Health Services. 

 

Under a recent law passed in Wisconsin, this newsletter only contains information regarding the public health emergency facing our state. That law also specifies that my office must discontinue all mass communications including this newsletter after next week. So this will be my second-to-last update. 

For now, I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns. After next week, you can continue to find updates from my Facebook page.

Sincerely, 
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Sen. Patty Schachtner

Coronavirus Update

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Every county in Senate District 10 has identified cases, and many municipalities continue to see community spread. Continue to follow the Department of Health Services for the most up-to-date information here.


 
 

Small Business Grants

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will begin accepting applications online for the “We’re All In” Small Business Grant program beginning at 8 a.m. on June 15th!  This critical program will help small businesses and assist them in assessing their facility to keep employees, customers and communities safe from COVID-19.

Businesses can use these grants for the costs of business interruption or health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. They may apply for the grants if they are based in Wisconsin, have fewer than 20 employees, are not part of a national chain, and meet a couple other criteria that WEDC has outlined.

More information can be found at wedc.org/WAI-Small-Business-Grant.

 
 
 

Financial Resources

COVID-19 has caused economic turmoil and the impact Wisconsinites have felt most has been on their own pocketbooks. Whether it’s making rent or covering the new expense of WiFi so they can work from home, many of our neighbors have been struggling to make ends meet.

For those in need, there are resources available from the state and local nonprofits that can help.

Wisconsin has a new rental assistance program available through Community Action partners across the state. There are also several food pantries operating in Burnett County, Polk County, St. Croix County, Dunn County, and Pierce County. You can call 211, text your Zip Code to 898211, or contact your nearest Community Action agency for support. You are not alone.

 

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Routes to Recovery

Wisconsin’s local governments are critical to our state’s success and due to COVID-19, many of them are facing revenue shortages and potential budget cuts. So last week the Governor announced the Routes to Recovery Local Government Aid Grant program to help them cover their most urgent needs related to their COVID-19 response so that they don’t deplete their existing resources. County governments across District 10 will be receiving over $3.8 million to ensure they can continue to response to this ongoing public health emergency. You can also find the full listing of the grants that will be provided for municipalities here.

 

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Coronavirus Update from Senator Patty Schachtner