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Governor Announces $47 million in COVID-19 Support for Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:44

schools-reopening-2020Includes support for child care, healthcare navigators, food security, and energy and rental assistance as coronavirus grips state.

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Safe and Secure Absentee Voting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 05:30

vote-47-mbDespite all the chaos in the news, every vote counts and absentee voting is safe and easy. Here are some do's and don'ts to make sure your voice is heard.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2020 15:38
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World War II Veteran Sgt. Duane O. Cole Comes Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 October 2020 15:04

veteransHe will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.


MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020 in honor of a recently identified World War II soldier whose remains have been returned to Wisconsin for burial.

Marine Sgt. Duane O. Cole, a veteran of World War II and a member of the United States Marine Corp assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force was killed in action on November 20, 1943, during an attempt to secure the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. Sgt. Cole's remains were discovered and excavated in 2014 and were accounted for on Sept., 3, 2019. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. 

tony-evers“After so many decades of without closure, my condolences and thoughts are with Sgt. Cole's family and community as they welcome him home to his final resting place,” said Gov. Evers.  “On behalf of the state of Wisconsin, we are grateful for his service and sacrifice, and honor his memory.”

Executive Order #92 is available here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 October 2020 11:12
 
Half-Staff Flags Honor former State Representative Dr. Jacob (Doc) Hines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 October 2020 14:48

wi-capitol-flagsMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020, in honor of former State Representative Dr. Jacob (Doc) Hines, who passed away on March 3, 2020 at 92 years old. 

Hines represented Wisconsin's 42nd Assembly District for 7 years, serving as the chairman of the Public Health Committee for 6 years. In addition to serving his district in the State Assembly, Hines was an accomplished veterinarian and a World War II veteran. 

tony-evers“Doc Hines was an pillar of his community, practicing veterinary medicine for 53 years, serving in the State Assembly, and contributing to countless organizations, boards, and his church,” said Gov. Evers. “He was a dedicated public servant, and on behalf of the state of Wisconsin, I offer my condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.” 

Private memorial services will be held on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020.

Executive Order #93 is available here.

 
Wisconsin COVID-19 Website Receives International Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 October 2020 10:00

covid-19-wi-websiteGovernor's office worked on creating a website that is helpful, informative, and easy to use for Wisconsinites across the state.

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Social Security Not Enough For Retirement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Palzewicz for Wisconsin, Chelsea Cross   
Thursday, 01 October 2020 15:04

elderly-crowdToday, only 40% of people have a 401k, and few are covered by pensions. Companies made it easy for people to borrow out of their 401k. Many come up short when it comes time to retire.

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Republican-led Legislature Is a Public Health Menace PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristin for Wisconsin Press   
Thursday, 01 October 2020 10:06

coronavirus-nurse-tiredDr. Kristin Lyerly says Legislature’s Failure to Act on COVID-19 Puts Us at Risk

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2020 10:28
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Healthcare For Elderly Will Be A Major Issue PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Palzewicz for Wisconsin, Chelsea Cross   
Thursday, 01 October 2020 09:38

coronavirus-ventilatorAs "Baby Boomers" age, the need for long-term care is rising. Why should a person or family have to lose everything because a family member is sick?

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Just Recovery Initiative to Address Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 01 October 2020 09:11

covid-19-test$2.6 million for the Just Recovery initiative for COVID-19 response, recovery, and building resilience in communities of color.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Population Health Institute (PHI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, announced on Wednesday the Just Recovery for Racial Equity initiative.

tony-evers“COVID-19 has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on communities of color across the state of Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers. “We must take urgent and meaningful action to change that, and the Just Recovery initiative gives us the opportunity to mobilize community-based organizations to partner in this important work.”

Data show people of color in Wisconsin are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations are significantly over-represented among COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. In comparison to white Wisconsinites, Latinx Wisconsinites have 3.3 times the case rate, and Black Wisconsinites have a death rate 3.5 times higher.

“We have been grappling with significant health and economic inequities in our state for years, and COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities have only made the situation more dire,” said Lt. Gov. Barnes. "It’s critical that our recovery from this crisis is inclusive and equitable, so we must start by supporting the work that community-based organizations are already doing to address these systemic inequities and connect the dots in their own communities.”

Just Recovery will identify and support strategies for responding to COVID-19, recovery, and building resilience in communities of color by partnering with community-based organizations and local groups, including other government and social service agencies. All media, outreach, and educational materials will be developed in multiple languages and will be distributed simultaneously with English language materials.

$2.6 million will support the Just Recovery initiative. The funding will provide for grants to be awarded to community- based organizations as well as staffing, translation services, and program evaluation administered by PHI.

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2020 09:31
 
Eric Holder to Testify at People’s Maps Commission Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate, Jay Wadd   
Thursday, 01 October 2020 09:06

eric-holderHansen Urges people to attend and participate to help the commission draw fair maps.


Madison - Former .S. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify at the People’s Maps Commission hearing Thursday.  Holder is the Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

dave-hansen“I am encouraging everyone who supports non-partisan redistricting to consider testifying at the hearing or attending,” said Hansen, a leader in the effort to pass non-partisan redistricting.  “Wisconsin is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation which has given the Republicans a lock on control of the Legislature since they drew the maps in 2011.  Thursday’s hearing will not only give people the opportunity to learn from leaders like Eric Holder and others on what they can do to help make our elections fair and competitive but also the chance to make their voices heard.”

The hearing which will be held online is scheduled for this Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 5:30 – 8:30p.m.

Those who would like to testify must register before the hearing and can do so by going to HERE.

Those who want to watch the hearing can view the live-stream on the Department of Administration’s YouTube Channel HERE.

“Gerrymandering does irreparable harm to our elections and our democracy.  It leads to corruption in government that ultimately costs taxpayers.  Thursday’s hearing will allow people to participate in one of the first steps toward the creation of fair maps and reclaiming their government.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 October 2020 09:16
 
Jeff Smith: Every Day, Every Farmer Counts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 10:31

farm-familyAlthough National Farm Safety and Health Week has already passed, it’s important that we continue thinking about what we must do to protect farmers.

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