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This week we learned that Senate Republicans don’t feel the need to come back to work to address the COVID-19 crisis here in Wisconsin. We also saw a divisive plan from Speaker Vos in the Assembly-one that would put politicians in charge of who gets a vaccine, hamper local government and public health response in our communities, and defund our public schools. Meanwhile, we lose our federal funding and assistance from the WI National Guard on December 31st. We need a strategy, and we need more funding from the federal government. Governor Evers released a plan they have already voted for once, it’s a good place to start. It’s past time to get a plan together to put Wisconsin back on track.

Sincerely,
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JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

 

Election Results Finalized

This week, Governor Evers signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the 2020 General Election for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“Today [November 30] I carried out my duty to certify the November 3rd election, and as required by state and federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” said Gov. Evers. “I want to thank our clerks, election administrators and poll workers across our state for working tirelessly to ensure we had a safe, fair, and efficient election. Thank you for all your good work.”

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Extended Benefits for Unemployment

The Department of Workforce Development has initiated an Extended Benefits programs for Wisconsin residents who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. This is due to the continued rise in unemployment rates in Wisconsin, with many individuals reaching a point where their 26 weeks of Unemployment Insurance and 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation has been exhausted. The Extended Benefits program will offer an additional 13 weeks to those that qualify.

Apply for Extended Benefits with this link.

 

 

 $45 Million in Assistance for Restaurants

Governor Evers announced this week that $45 million in assistance will be available for restaurants and other targeted small businesses affected by COVID-19. We’re All In For Restaurants is a program collaborated by the Department of Revenue and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This program is the third phase of the We’re All In initiative to support Wisconsin businesses through the pandemic. The first phase being $65 million for 26,000 businesses, the second being $120 million for 24,000 small businesses and the third being $45 million for about 2,000 restaurants. That brings the total to $220 million in funding to businesses statewide through the CARES Act. Application are not needed to receive funding. Restaurants in need will be identified and contacted based on state tax records.

Read more.

 

Deadline for Healthcare Open Enrollment is December 15

Nearly 60,000 Wisconsinites enrolled in a healthcare plan for 2021 during the first three weeks of the Open Enrollment period through the Affordable Cares Act Health Insurance Exchange. Governor Evers, Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable, and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced this figure earlier this week and encourage more Wisconsin residents to enroll before the deadline on December 15. Healthcare plans can also be renewed, changed, or updated during the Open Enrollment period on Healthcare.gov through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Coverage begins January 1, 2021.

Enroll at Healthcare.gov

 

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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