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Judge Provides Preliminary Relief for Absentee Voting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Green Bay Mayor's Office Press   
Thursday, 02 April 2020 15:41

voteGreen Bay voters are most concerned with the due date for absentee ballot requests, the deadline for receipt of absentee ballots, and the requirement for a witness signature.


Green Bay, WI - Judge William Conley, United States District Court, District of Wisconsin, has given the State of Wisconsin preliminary relief on the request, receipt and processing of absentee ballots. Three issues of particular concern to Green Bay voters are: the due date for absentee ballot requests; the deadline for receipt of absentee ballots; and the requirement for a witness signature.

The due date for absentee ballots requests has been extended to tomorrow, April 3, 2020 at 5 pm. There are three ways to submit a request before 5 pm tomorrow. Voters may complete a request at www.myvote.wi.gov. Voters may drop-off a letter to city hall containing your name, address, and the date you’d like the ballot for, along with a copy of your photo identification. Voters may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, address, and the date you’d like the ballot for, along with a copy of your photo identification.

The deadline for processing absentee ballots has been extended from 8 pm on April 7th to 4 pm on April 13, 2020. All absentee ballots received by 4 pm on April 13, 2020 will be counted. The City of Green Bay encourages voters to drop-off their completed ballots to the City Hall drop-box, located on the parking-lot side of the building, 100 N. Jefferson St.

Finally, voters who weren’t able to get a witness can provide a written statement, attesting to their inability to obtain a witness for their absentee ballot. The voter can provide the written statement along with their ballot.

 
Wisconsin Gets Second Shipment of PPE from Strategic National Stockpile PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 02 April 2020 14:39

doctor-icu-chineseTuesday's shipment includes approximately 51,880 N95 respirators, 130,840 face/surgical masks, 23,400 face shields, 20,226 surgical gowns, 96 coveralls, and 79,000 pairs of gloves.

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State Treasurer Provides COVID-19 Updates & Resources PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 15:16

utility-shut-offSarah Godlewski outlines emergency orders and actions taken to protect the economic security during this public health crisis. Also resources available through the US Small Business Administration.


MADISON - We know a healthy economy is dependent on the health of its people. As we adapt to the Governor’s essential #SaferAtHome order, my office is working hard to provide the resources and information Wisconsinites and our small business community need.

sarah-godlewskiSince my last email, there have been a number of emergency orders and actions to protect the economic security of individuals and small businesses during this public health crisis. A few notable updates are:

  • Protection from Eviction/Foreclosure. In order to help ensure people are able to stay home and slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Evers announced a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days. This includes both residential properties, as well as businesses. To read the full document, click here.
  • Insurance for Restaurant Delivery Drivers. As many restaurants are adjusting to carry-out and delivery only, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OCI) directed the insurance industry to cover delivery services on personal auto insurance policies. They must also offer coverage, if requested, for hired drivers and non-owned vehicles on a restaurant’s general liability service – both at no extra cost to policyholders. More information on this order here.
  • Prevention of Utility Shut-offs. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has directed regulated utilities to stop disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. They have also halted late fees and eased a number of administrative rules to keep homes and businesses supplied with light, heat, and water. For help with utility disconnections, reach out to the PSC directly here.
  • Sales and Use Tax Extensions. Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) announced that small businesses can immediately request an extension to file sales and use tax returns. This comes along with extending the income tax payment and return due date to July 15th.  DOR has announced a series of steps to ease payment guidelines and postpone audit actions, more information can be found here.

In addition, there have been updates to resources available through the US Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • SBA Express Bridge Loans. This program allows small businesses who have a current relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can help small businesses access capital quickly and can be used to bridge the gap while applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For a list of Wisconsin SBA Express Lenders, click here.
  • Paycheck Protection Program. This program was rolled out under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and authorizes $349 billion toward job retention loans. They are specifically designed to help small business keep their workforce employed. If you maintain your workforce, the SBA may forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.

The most current information on eligibility and the application process for all of SBA’s loans can be found at www.sba.gov/coronavirus.

We know that COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives and our community. We are working with our partners to provide the tools and information Wisconsinites need to help navigate this uncertainty. Please feel free to reach out to my office via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

We are in this together.

Stay safe,

Sarah Godlewski, Wisconsin State Treasurer

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2020 15:38
 
Gov. Evers Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:52

coronavirus-ventilatorFEMA help needed to access critical programs to deal with the pandemic now, and with the recovery that will be taking place down the road.

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Emergency Order Aims to Reduce Potential Spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:33

childcare-infantFlexibility needed to provide the safest possible care for children in out-of-home care.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today issued Emergency Order #18, suspending several administrative rules for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 while maintaining critical services the agency provides. The order can be found here.

tony-evers-cap“While good practice under regular circumstances, some requirements of the state’s programs actually increase the likelihood of exposure through additional interaction between people,” said Gov. Evers. “We have to continue to find ways to serve Wisconsinites, regardless of their circumstances, while keeping them safe and healthy.”

Emergency Order #18 gives the flexibility needed to provide the safest possible care for children in out-of-home care by allowing local agencies to make decisions about when and if services are needed for an individual child. Numerous agency rules require local agencies to take certain actions during a set window of time. Due to the heightened risk of exposure caused by additional face-to-face interactions, this flexibility allows local agencies to make decisions based on the best interest of the child.

The order also waives an in-person training deadline for new employees in W-2 agencies. Extending the deadline will ensure new W-2 staff can stay on the job, helping Wisconsinites in need of services.

“The governor has shown incredible leadership throughout our public health emergency,” said DCF Secretary Emilie Amundson. “With Governor Evers’ help, DCF continues to provide services, support, and programming that helps children, families, and communities stay safe and healthy.”

Gov. Evers previously waived rules for DCF programs under Emergency Order #3. That order waived various requirements governing out of home care, child care, and child support programs.

 
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:07

car manufactureCurrent standards require fleets to average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, Trump rule would bring that number down to about 40 mpg by 2026.


WASHINGTON, DC - The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era law that pushes automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, severely limiting a rule designed to decrease pollution from transportation in the face of climate change.

The new rule cuts the year-over-year improvements expected from the auto industry, slashing standards that require automakers to produce fleets that average nearly 55 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. Instead, the Trump rule would bring that number down to about 40 mpg by 2026, bringing mileage below what automakers have said is possible for them to achieve.

Read the developing report here

 
12 things to know for today about coronavirus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:11

coved-19-brief-cuomoThe Hill's daily roundup of coronavirus news.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:32
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Governor Announces New Partnership to Increase COVID-19 Laboratory Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:57

covid-19-testThe state’s new public-private partnership is expected to double our capacity to up to 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day initially and continue to expand as additional platforms and supplies become available.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 09:16
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Maryland issues stay-at-home order for all residents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:44

capitol-dcVirginia, DC also added to stay-at-home orders as COVID-19 spreads in region.

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AFSCME Says Milwaukee DPW Mismanaged COVID-19 Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AFSCME Wisconsin, Valerie Landowski   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:54

milw-sewer-systemUnion claims City delayed telling coworkers about sewer worker quarantined because a member of their household tested positive for COVID-19.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:27
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US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 28 March 2020 11:03

covid-19WASHINGTON, DC - The United States now has 100,000 known cases of coronavirus, passing a new milestone, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The mark comes shortly after the United States this week moved into first place in the world, passing China and Italy, in the number of known cases.

Read the full story here

 
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