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Today, members of the Senate Democratic caucus wrote a letter to the Republican leadership compelling them to come to the table and help their constituents in the face of a global pandemic. We offered them real proposals to debate-and pass-and we are asking them to show up for work just as people in every corner of our state are doing every day.

 

Wisconsin is now a COVID-19 hotspot; something that could have been avoided had Republicans been willing to put their constituents over their ideology. Every time the Governor has tried to respond to this crisis, they have taken him to court or outright rejected his efforts at the rule-making process.

 

It's time to get to work! 

 

Read our letter here.

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

$100 for Small Businesses

Earlier this week, Governor Tony Evers announced an additional $100 million in investments aimed at providing additional economic stabilization for small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will include further investments in the “We’re All In” program run by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and funding to support the lodging and tourism industry, live music and performance venues, cultural non-profits, and privately owned movie theaters. These efforts are funded through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and will help Wisconsin’s small businesses and venues that serve as cultural catalysts in communities across the state.

Learn more.


 Temporary Contact Tracer Job Opportunity

 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recruiting temporary Contract Tracers to track and limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a fulltime position with a short application window. The deadline to apply is October 11, 2020. Click the link to learn more.

 

$47 Million in COVID-19 Support

This week, Governor Evers announced an additional $47 million investment in the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The funds will be put toward support for child care, healthcare navigators, food security, and energy and rental assistance. Existing programs such as the COVID-19 Out-of-School Grant Program, the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program, and statewide health insurance navigator organizations will receive support in addition to new programs needed to be created as the pandemic continues to affect Wisconsinites.

Learn more.

 

Emergency Order #3

This week, Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, signed Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. Due to the surge of positive cases in Wisconsin, the state has become one of the country’s hot spots. Hospitals are reaching capacity and the number of positive cases continues to increase exponentially. Every Wisconsinite needs to be doing their part by washing their hands, wearing a mask and staying home whenever possible.

Here is a link to frequently asked questions about the Emergency Order. 

 

DNR Carcass Removal

The Department of Natural Resources would like to remind Wisconsin hunters to follow deer carcass transportation regulations to ensure that deer carcass waste is disposed of appropriately during the upcoming hunting seasons. The DNR and the Department of Transportation also remind us that October and November are the most common months for deer-vehicle collisions. This is due to the high activity of deer during the breeding season, so drivers must be especially cautious on the road.

Learn more about deer carcass transportation.

Learn more about deer-vehicle collisions.

 

 

Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to thehotline.org for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Coping Resources for Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline 


 

Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 

 

 
 
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