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The Wisconsin Legislature must rise to meet this moment. In March, Breonna Taylor was killed while officers executed a no-knock warrant on her home. In May, George Floyd was killed after being arrested by the Minneapolis Police. On August 23rd, a Kenosha Police Officer fired seven shots at Jacob Blake’s back; causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down.  Reform is necessary.

 

In June, Governor Evers released a package of bills designed to begin to restore equal justice in Wisconsin. The bills are an attempt to address real issues that we need to take on in order to make real change. Republicans in the Legislature did not act in June. In fact it has been 142 days since they have done anything at all.  Nothing to address unemployment, nothing to address the continued demands of a global pandemic, nothing to address racial justice.

 

The Republican answer to all of our state’s pressing issues has been to create a task force. How can we be expected to take that seriously when just 3 out of the 30 bills introduced by the Speaker’s numerous task forces have resulted in anything at all?  Democrats stand ready to meet this moment and bring about the change that has been desperately needed for far too long.

 

On August 31st, Republicans came to the floor and gaveled in because they had to; because the rules of a special session called by the Governor require them to.  It is now up to them how they answer the demands for justice being heard around Wisconsin.

 

We stand with those calling for change, with those peacefully protesting injustice. We share the anger and frustration of those who want the Legislature to act. We can no longer turn our backs on this moment and wait for it to pass.

 

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

No-interest Loans to Assist Kenosha Businesses

This week, Governor Evers announced $1 million in no-interest loans has been allocated to assist Kenosha businesses in cleanup and restoration. Business which suffered recent damage are eligible for up to $20,000 to help cover repair costs. The Kenosha Area Business Alliance can be contacted to access loans and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation can be contacted for more information regarding other assistance.

Learn more.


Funding to Expand Broadband Internet Service

Governor Evers and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq announced $24 million in funding will be available for the opening of the 2021 Broadband Expansion Grant. With more Wisconsinites working from home or distance learning, the aim is to expand high-speed broadband internet to unserved or underserved areas of the state. Applications are available now for private businesses.

Learn more.

 

International Designation for Lower Wisconsin Riverway

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the United States has recognized the Lower Wisconsin Riverway as Wetland of International Importance. The high quality wetland, uplands, and waterways provide critical benefits for habitats and important water quality measures. This attractions brings tourist to fish, paddle, and relax while fueling the economy in this region. This is Wisconsin’s sixth and largest International Designation, and the word of its importance will be shared with online presentations on Sept. 11 and Sept. 26.

Learn more.

 

Tardigrade Corn Maze

Trienen Farm is a local Lodi family farm with annual internationally recognized science-themed corn mazes. Angie Treinen has a degree in zoology and attended veterinary school; she also is the designer of the mazes. The tardigrade is a microscopic organism which can survive in extreme temperatures and has a common name of a water bear for its appearance. Its resiliency makes it the best mascot for 2020. Learn more about Treinen Farm, their restrictions regarding Covid-19, and the tardigrade with this link.

 

Billboards for Sexual Assault Victim Services

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Attorney General Josh Kaul have partnered to place billboards in Wisconsin’s 29 most rural counties for sexual assault victim services. This effort to raise awareness and for survivors to find support is part of the By Your Side Wisconsin awareness campaign. The services offered are free, confidential, and also available to family, partners, and friends of a survivor who are processing their own reaction to the assault. The links below offer information of where the billboards will be promoted and how to access local services about sexual assault.

Billboard Locations.

By Your Side Wisconsin. 

 

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 

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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