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While many are feeling the pressure of a global pandemic, for many Americans there is another virus that has been running through the veins of our society for centuries - racism. The protests that are taking place throughout our country, and all over the world, reinforce that our society and our leaders need to do much, much better at delivering justice and equity in our communities. No more Black lives should be lost due to hatred and bigotry.

I will not pretend that I do or will be able to understand the experiences of Black Americans. However, as an elected official, I hope to be a part of the solution to put in place structural changes that will prevent injustices from happening again and again. We cannot stand for leaders in Wisconsin or on the federal level calling for violence against those who are asking to be heard.

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

Black Lives Matter

Today, Breonna Taylor should be celebrating her 27th birthday. Instead, her life was unjustly taken while in her apartment in Louisville. This is just one example of the many Black lives that we have tragically lost. Systematic changes are needed to address racism in our communities, and I applaud those who are peacefully protesting to end police brutality and discrimination

Governor Tony Evers has called for the Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 1012, which has been introduced by Senator LaTonya Johnson and Representative Chris Taylor for the last two sessions. I hope that we will all come together to pass this important first step and continue the work needed to dismantle systemic racism. Black Lives Matter.

Gov. Evers: We Must Confront Society's Comfort with Racism

 

Pride Month
For the second time in Wisconsin's history, Governor Evers has raised the Rainbow Pride Flag over the state capitol. While we celebrate Pride Month, let us continue to recognize that there is much more work to be done to make Wisconsin a more equitable, just and inclusive place for all.

 

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 

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 

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

 


Wisconsin State Park Campgrounds Opening June 10

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen state campgrounds on Wednesday, June 10 with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning June 10 include:

  • Automatic touchless check-in.
  • New signs to educate visitors on recreating responsibly.
  • Park offices will remain closed to the public.

Learn more here. 

 

It's Free Fun Weekend In Wisconsin!
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend happening June 6-7. It's a great opportunity to get outdoors and find your adventure in Wisconsin!
  • What happens during Free Fun Weekend?
  • No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required.
  •  People may fish without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. All other fishing regulations apply.
  • ATV, UTVs, and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a trail pass to ride state ATV trails.

Learn more. 

DATCP Announces Details for $50 Million Wisconsin Farm Support Program

Following extensive discussions with agricultural stakeholders, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is announcing the timeline and eligibility requirements of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which will provide $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses due to COVID-19.

Applications for this funding, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, will be accepted starting June 15. 

Learn more.  

 

DATCP Announces 2020 Dairy Processor Grant Recipients

Eleven Wisconsin dairy companies will receive Dairy Processor Grants for 2020 from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The grants are designed to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processors.

Congratulations to Arena Cheese for receiving a grant! There grant will be used to install a reverse osmosis system to concentrate lactose permeate coming from a ultrafiltration unit that separates protein from lactose, thereby reducing the cost of disposal and increasing the value of the disposal product.

 

Learn more. 

 

Social Security & COVID-19

The Social Security Administration will not consider Economic Impact Payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.

Learn more.

 

DHS Update: Additional $600 Unemployment Benefit Will Be Counted for FoodShare but Not Health Care Benefits

Impact on FoodShare and Caretaker Supplement Members

The additional $600 unemployment benefits will be counted as income when determining eligibility for the FoodShare and Caretaker Supplement programs.

Some people will get payments that date back to their eligibility date. (This is a retroactive payment.) Any retroactive payments FoodShare or Caretaker Supplement members receive will not be counted for eligibility.

Impact on Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus Members

The additional $600 unemployment payments will not be counted as income when determining eligibility for health care programs.

Note: The federal stimulus checks from the IRS (also known as economic impact payments) are not counted as income for Medicaid (including long-term care programs), BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare, or Caretaker Supplement. For Medicaid, these payments are disregarded as an asset for 12 months after the member receives the check.

Learn more. 

 


 

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. 

 

 
 
Contacting My Office

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.