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We're coming up on the one year anniversary mark of this pandemic and our communities, small businesses, and families are still grappling with the fallout. Rather than focusing on the Governor's budget and policies to help everyone bounce back, Republicans this week to regulate fire alarm testing in the State Capitol.

I wish I was kidding, but this is an actual bill that Republicans introduced this week. Once again we are seeing how out of touch with the realities facing Wisconsinites and their inability to put forth tangible and comprehensive solutions.

This update includes more info on the budget, Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council applications, the most recent Dane County public health order, the statewide vaccine website, and the Governor's radio address.

I hope you find this information helpful and please don't hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
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JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

 

Get to Know the Budget - Health Care Part 2!

The Governor's BounceBack Budget includes policies to help our state, communities and families bounce back and better than when the pandemic started. It includes a lot of policies that have overwhelming public support and are critical to help move our state forward. Each week, I'll highlight portions of the Governor's budget and why it matters to you.
 
Just like his last budget, Gov. Evers continues to focus on expanding access to quality, affordable health care. The BounceBack Budget includes various proposals including:
 
 

Statewide Vaccination Website

The Department of Health Services has officially launched a central website to better help connect people to vaccine availability.

The website provides information so people know when and where they can get a vaccination. 

You can view the website here.

Don't forget, you can find helpful links and information from your local health care provider here


TEACH Grants

Congratulations to the Belleville Public Library, New Glarus School District, Portage Community School District, and Sauk Prairie School District as the 2021 TEACH grant recipients.
The Technology for Educational ACHievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants aim to improve technology infrastructure in schools and libraries to help students learn necessary skills for the modern world.
You can learn more about the TEACH grant program here.

 


March for Meals on Wheels

This month the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country - Sauk County Office is Marching for Meals on Wheels to celebrate the program, the older adults they serve and the amazing volunteers that make it all happen. 

Check on their page throughout the month to see how they are celebrating and you can learn more about volunteer opportunities here.  


Democratic Radio Address

This week, Governor Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on the American Rescue Plan and how it will provide much needed relief to Wisconsin's small businesses, workers, families, and schools.

You can listen to the audio file here and the written transcript is below:

"Hi everyone, Governor Tony Evers here. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan.

This is a new COVID-19 relief package that has broad support across Wisconsin because in addition to providing critical funding to continue to ramp up our vaccine distribution, this plan supports our small businesses with a $50 billion investment to help them keep their doors open and lights on. It also supports our workers and families with $1,400 relief assistance for individuals and it supports our communities with $350 billion going to state and local governments.

It also helps our kids by providing $130 billion to our schools and universities so that our kids and educators can learn and teach safely.

From Wisconsin small businesses and workers to our kids and schools, this federal assistance is needed by Wisconsinites in every corner of the state.

The American Rescue Plan, coupled with our Badger Bounceback agenda, will help make sure our communities and our state can get through this pandemic then bounce back and better than before. So, let’s get this done, folks.

Thank you."


Dane County Public Health Order

In case you missed it, Dane County announced a new public health order—Emergency Order #14 — which goes into effect at 12:01am on March 10, 2021. They have a blog post that provides a high-level overview of the changes, including changes to gatherings, restaurant and tavern capacity levels, and school protective measure policy requirements.

Learn more about the Forward Dane plan for Dane County as we enter this new phase of the pandemic.


2021-22 Youth Ag Council Applications 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council through March 31, 2021.

The Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council was created in 2020 to encourage young people to engage with state government and increase awareness of DATCP's interactions with Wisconsin's agriculture industry. This is a one year term and students receive a certificate at the completion of their year. 

Students must be a high school senior during the 2021-22 school year, an must complete an application form sharing their experience and skills in a brief essay. Applicants must also submit a one-minute video and letter of recommendation.

For the application and additional information, visit AgYouthCouncil.wi.gov


Rental Assistance

Reminder, if you or anyone you know that has experienced income loss as a result of the pandemic their is support available! 
 
The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, provides direct financial assistance for rent, utility, home energy costs, and wraparound services for individuals who qualify.
 
For information on the program, how to apply, frequently asked questions as well as local resources and contacts please click here.

 


- 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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