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President Biden Touts Building Back for the Badger State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WisDems Press, Julia Hamelburg   
Thursday, 03 March 2022 14:12

biden-superior-visit-2022President stands alongside Gov. Evers, Wisconsin Leaders in Superior.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 March 2022 12:28
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$8.4 Million to the City of Milwaukee for Violence Prevention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 03 March 2022 11:00

milw-northside-crimeCommon Council accepts OVP money, will use the funds to take a public health approach to violence prevention.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2022 11:32
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$8 Million in Neighborhood Investment Grants goes to Rice Lake, Altoona, Menomonie, and Eau Claire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 03 March 2022 10:49

rice-lake-mainstRice Lake will use a $3,157,057 grant to make improvements to their Main Street corridor that will provide a safe route within the city for all users and revitalize the city’s historic downtown.


RICE LAKE — Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday the cities of Rice Lake, Altoona, Menomonie, and Eau Claire will receive more than $8 million as part of the Neighborhood Investment Fund grant program. These funds will be used to improve downtown infrastructure and pedestrian safety, promote business development initiatives, and support local affordable housing and shelter needs.

tony-evers“From expanding affordable housing options to strengthening infrastructure and revitalizing our main streets, this grant program was designed to connect the dots in our communities to ensure they recover and succeed for years to come,” said Gov. Evers. “So I am thrilled to be awarding these funds today to support the good work folks are doing in Rice Lake, Altoona, Menomonie, and Eau Claire to collaborate together to tackle the needs in their communities.” 

Of the awardees announced today, the city of Rice Lake will use a $3,157,057 grant to make improvements to their Main Street corridor that will provide a safe route within the city for all users and revitalize the city’s historic downtown. The city of Altoona will use a $1,377,435 grant to redevelop two downtown properties into an office, restaurant, and retail incubator hub to bolster Altoona’s downtown and create a unique regional attraction for residents and visitors. Additionally, through a $1,433,093 grant, the city of Menomonie will build a 20-bed shelter facility to help address homelessness in the community. Finally, the city of Eau Claire will use $2.5 million in grants support two projects that address affordable housing and shelter needs in the local community, including $1 million to support the development of the Cannery Trail Residence Phase II, a 43-unit affordable housing development in downtown Eau Claire, and $1.5 million for the expansion of the Catholic Charities Sojourner House to provide emergency shelter for an additional 28 homeless adults and youth in the community.

Part of a nearly $650 million investment allocated by the governor for community building and recovery efforts statewide, the Neighborhood Investment Fund program was announced in August 2021 and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Grants being awarded range in size from $1 million to a maximum of $15 million and are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Applications opened on Sept. 30, 2021, and closed on Nov. 11, 2021. Additional information can be found on the program website. A full list of grant recipients of the Neighborhood Investment Fund program will be announced later this week.

Wisconsinites can visit BadgerBounceback.wi.gov to view pandemic-related assistance information for families, farmers, businesses, organizations, and communities, as well as the latest data and success stories about how COVID-relief investments are making a difference across the state. For updates on other recovery-related grant opportunities, sign up for the Badger Bounceback update list.

An online version of this release is available here.

 
Conservation Voters Launches Digital Ad to Support Climate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 16:20

clean-airAd promotes climate investments now stalled in Congress as part of the "Build Back Better" legislation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2022 16:39
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Supporting Public Schools is “A Plus” for Our Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 11:02

schools-computer-classSen. Jeff Smith shares his experience as a classroom volunteer and member of the Senate Committee on Education, learning about ways we can support our students in our public schools.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2022 11:22
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Legislation Covers Cost of STI Home Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Tuesday, 01 March 2022 11:36

teens-datingMadison senator has bill that would require health insurance plans to cover home test kits for sexually transmitted infections.

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Main Streets Across Wisconsin Are Getting Makeovers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony for Wisconsin Press   
Monday, 28 February 2022 11:39

businesses-microSo far, more than 2,400 businesses in 70 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have opened or expanded thanks to $10,000 small business grants.

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Biden names Ketanji Brown Jackson, DC appeals court judge, to Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Friday, 25 February 2022 10:35

ketanji-brown-jackson-fbJackson, a former Breyer clerk, is expected to round out the court’s liberal wing.

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Conservation Voters Critical of NRB Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 25 February 2022 10:14

pfas-contamination-testProtections adopted Wednesday do not prioritize human health say group.


MADISON – Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted on rules to protect our groundwater, surface water, and drinking water from PFAS, a toxic class of chemicals that are increasingly linked to poor health outcomes such as testicular cancer and low birth weight. The NRB rejected rules for groundwater protection, passed a surface water rule, and passed a significantly weakened drinking water standard.

Wisconsin Conservation Voters Government Affairs Director Jennifer Giegerich had this to say on the votes:

clean-drinking-water“We are disappointed by the outcome of today’s votes. The first priority when it comes to PFAS pollution is to protect human health. Unfortunately, some members of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) rejected that clear priority. Instead, they again sided with corporate polluters and their moneyed allies over the Wisconsinites who are directly impacted by these chemicals. The NRB weakened the drinking water rule by allowing more than triple the initial recommendation for PFAS parts per trillion (PPT).

That vote, however, will require communities to begin testing for PFAS – an important move to protect the health of Wisconsinites. If this testing shows there is toxic drinking water across the state, it will be imperative for the NRB and legislature to lower the standard to 20 parts per trillion to protect our health. Unfortunately, the board killed protections for groundwater – the source for much of Wisconsin’s drinking water.

The board came up short today. These protections do not prioritize human health. The single bright spot is the opportunity to kick start the process of testing drinking water in our communities.

Months of advocacy from impacted communities, our members, and allied stakeholders have elevated the issue of PFAS and clean water across the state – and we will continue to do so. Concerned and impacted Wisconsinites, community leaders, and elected officials made it clear we must prioritize human health when it comes to drinking water. We will continue to hold those who diminished these protections accountable and fight for better protections. Unfortunately, as testing increases, we expect the true scope of PFAS contamination will prove to be widespread and significant. And, we fully expect the legislature to adopt the original rules and work toward strengthening water protections in the future.”

For more information on PFAS visit conservationvoters.org/clean-water.

 
Natural Resources Board Falls Short of Needed Action on PFAS Chemicals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Friday, 25 February 2022 10:00

clean-drinking-waterBoard continues to operate in a partisan manner, beholden to special interests, says Agard.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2022 10:10
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$25 Million Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant for City, County of Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 25 February 2022 09:39

mc-courthouse-jailNeighborhood Investment Fund is all about making lasting impact for Wisconsin residents, from housing and food security to community development projects.


MILWAUKEE — Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday the city of Milwaukee will receive $15 million and Milwaukee County will receive $10.5 million as part of the Neighborhood Investment Fund grant program. These funds will be used to address local challenges workers, families, and communities across Milwaukee county are facing, including housing and food insecurity, accessing quality, affordable childcare, and violence prevention.

tony-evers“While our state is in a strong fiscal position moving forward, I know that many families, workers, and communities across our state have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and many are worried—worried about making ends meet, finding affordable housing, or enrolling their kids in high-quality, affordable early childcare,” said Gov. Evers. “I am glad to award these funds to help local leaders and community-based organizations across the area continue to serve and bolster their neighborhoods, ensuring they don’t just recover but thrive.” 

With the $15 million in grants, the city of Milwaukee will be providing funding for community development projects that will help create more than 400 affordable rental units and approximately 200 new spots in early childcare education services, expand access to library resources with a new flagship Milwaukee Public Library, and invest in violence prevention efforts. Milwaukee County will be utilizing $10.5 million in grants to support additional community development projects, including facility improvements to the Martin Luther King Community Center and building 42 homes for families affected by the pandemic. Additionally, they will be using these funds for the Hillview Hall Rehabilitation Project which addresses health, housing, and food security needs of individuals who are experiencing homelessness and low-income families. 

Part of a nearly $650 million investment allocated by the governor for community building and recovery efforts statewide, the Neighborhood Investment Fund program was announced in August 2021 and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Grants being awarded range in size from $1 million to a maximum of $15 million and are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Applications opened on Sept. 30, 2021, and closed on Nov. 11, 2021. Additional information can be found on the program website. Recipients of the Neighborhood Investment Fund program will be announced on a rolling basis over the course of the next week, at which time a full list of grant awardees will be released.

“The Neighborhood Investment Fund is all about making lasting impact for Wisconsin residents, and the projects awarded by Governor Evers today will help address housing, early learning education, and many other community needs in Milwaukee for years to come,” said DOA Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld.

Wisconsinites can visit BadgerBounceback.wi.gov to view pandemic-related assistance information for families, farmers, businesses, organizations, and communities, as well as the latest data and success stories about how COVID-relief investments are making a difference across the state. For updates on other recovery-related grant opportunities, sign up for the Badger Bounceback update list.

An online version of this release is available here.

 
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