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This week, people across Wisconsin will celebrate Christmas. I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, a Joyful Kwanzaa and Happy New Year. I know that our celebrations may look a little bit different this year in order to keep our family, friends, and communities safe, but we should all take a minute to find the good in 2020, and then turn the page to a better and brighter 2021.

 

Speaking of 2021, this Legislative session, I will be serving on the following committees:

Joint Committee on Finance

Joint Legislative Council Committee

Senate Committee on Health

Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges

Senate Committee on Agriculture and Tourism

 

I look forward to bringing the voice of the 27th Senate District to those committees.

Sincerely,
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JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

 

Vaccine Update

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine that arrived last week, on Monday, Governor Evers announced the state would begin receiving shipments of the Moderna vaccine as well. The new vaccines have shown in trials to be effective in preventing people from getting sick enough that they develop symptoms, and very importantly, have shown to reduce the need for hospitalization from the illness. No one knows yet whether they will keep you from spreading the virus to others— but that information is being studied and will be coming in the future. That is why even if you are vaccinated, you should still wear a mask in order to prevent spreading COVID to others.

 

A vaccine, however, does not replace the need to continue other actions to stop the spread and keep ourselves healthy. This is especially true while we are in the process of administering vaccine, as it will take many months to provide vaccine to everyone who needs it.

 

For more information on the COVID vaccine in Wisconsin click here.

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Positive Fiscal News

Gov. Tony Evers today announced that since the state began publishing its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) in 1990 the State’s General Fund is no longer running a deficit for the first time since the Thompson Administration. In Gov. Evers’ first two years in office, the state’s former Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) deficit has declined by over $1.253 billion and assumed a positive balance of $1.5 million for the first time at the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Read more here.

 

 GOP Legislature Continues to be Wisconsin's Grinch

As 2020 (at long last) nears its end, we have some promising signs from Washington but unfortunately little change here at home.  Despite the clear need to assist employers, workers, health care providers and first responders before the end of the year, the Wisconsin Legislature will have been idle for over 250 days.   Adding harm and hypocrisy to injury, some GOP leaders have told special interests that they will make it a priority next session to reinstate a one week waiting period and work search requirements on hard working Wisconsinites in the middle of a pandemic. The last thing these GOP leaders should do after forcing their own 37 week vacation on the rest of the Legislature, is make punishing Wisconsinites who work for a living a top priority.  At least 12 bills they passed during their decade in power made life harder for people seeking unemployment. It’s time we come back to work for working Wisconsinites, not against them.

 

 

WHEDA Foundation Grants for Emergency Housing Announced

Gov. Evers and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced more than $1 million in grants will be given to 41 housing organizations across the state. WHEDA is dedicated to improving housing options in communities by providing emergency shelter, transitional residences, and low-income housing for communities. The funds from this program are to help organizations expand safe and affordable housing. The WHEDA Foundation received 65 applications which totaled a request of more than $2 million. This is a significant indicator of the high demand and overall need in Wisconsin for communities during the pandemic. Read more with this link and to see a list of grant recipients.

 

 

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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