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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:55

marijuana-hemp-dairy-farmers-wiSen. Jeff Smith writes about Governor Evers’ budget proposal to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, sharing information about the positive impact it could have on the state’s economy and agricultural industry.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:29
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Four More Community-Based Vaccination Clinics to Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:23

covid-19-vaccinationLa Crosse, Racine, Marathon, and Douglas-Barron county clinics will open within the next two months to address gaps in vaccine access.

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Flags to Half-Staff Honor More Than 6,300 Wisconsinites and 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 13:50

wi-capitol-flagsMADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #109 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of the more than 500,000 Americans, including more than 6,300 Wisconsinites, lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

tony-evers“As we continue to endure the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask the people of Wisconsin to join me in honoring and remembering the many spouses, parents and grandparents, kids and grandkids, best friends, and neighbors who were taken by this virus too soon and are loved, cherished, and missed by many,” said Gov. Evers. “With heavy hearts, we join our fellow Wisconsinites and Americans who are mourning the loss of someone they love and who, amid unimaginable challenges, have had to endure unfathomable grief this past year. We must reaffirm our resolve to prevent further spread of COVID-19, save lives, and to defeat this pandemic together.”

In conjunction with an order from President Joe Biden lowering the flag of the United States nationwide, Executive Order #109 is effective immediately and will end at sunset on Fri., Feb. 26, 2021.

 
Sue Ertmer, Sachin Chheda to testify at People's Map Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin DOA Communications   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 12:58

wi-fair-mapsHearing Feb. 25 Features 6th Congressional District. Commissioners to hear testimony on the impacts of redistricting on local communities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:11
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Resolution honoring life of talk-show bigot stems from Northeast Wisconsin legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John McCracken, The NEWcomer   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 10:14

rush-limbaugh-2020-nbcState Senator Andre Jacque and representative Shae Sortwell are circulating a resolution to honor the life of the late Rush Limbaugh ahead of Tuesday's special session.

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Evers Announces 2021-23 Capital Budget Recommendations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 22 February 2021 15:30

uwec-campusUW-System, correctional and health services facilities, state parks and forests, veterans homes and cemeteries, and upgrading state properties in Madison head list.

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New Law Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 19 February 2021 12:05

covid-19-vaccinationPharmacy technicians, students allowed to administer vaccines under certain conditions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 February 2021 10:21
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Bill Provides $480 Million in Tax Relief for Wisconsin Businesses and Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 18 February 2021 15:57

evers-signs-tax-billPast year challenging, but Evers committed to providing economic relief to the folks who've been affected by the pandemic.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2021 16:23
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Unemployment Bill Not Enough, But Step in the Right Direction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 18 February 2021 15:35

unemployment-office-lineAfter governor's special session call, Senate finally takes up special session legislation on unemployment modernization after years of inaction.

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Governor's Badger Bounceback Agenda Receives Bipartisan Praise, Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 18 February 2021 11:51

covid-19-restaurant-emptyIn budget, Gov. Evers doubled down on his commitment to Wisconsin families, small businesses, farmers and our workforce, providing $200 million to small businesses recovering from COVID-19, and $100 million to jumpstart innovation.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2021 12:11
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Conservation voters applaud Evers’ budget proposals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:40

kewaunee-harbor-familyProposed budget includes a wide variety of initiatives to address some of our most pressing statewide environmental, health, and democracy issues says Conservation voters group.


MADISON – In his Tuesday night budget address, Gov. Evers outlined a bold budget that includes Wisconsin Conservation Voters’ priority issues: clean water, clean energy, and a healthy, equitable democracy that works for all of us.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann said this about the address and the biennial budget:

“The proposed budget includes a wide variety of initiatives and items that directly address some of our most pressing statewide environmental, health, and democracy issues. Clean water, clean energy, and a healthy democracy are the keys to a brighter, more equitable, and more successful future here in Wisconsin. This budget continues and builds Gov. Evers’ record of delivering on his promises for Wisconsin’s natural resources. These budget proposals complement the excellent work of the governor’s Climate Change Task Force and build on the administration’s commitment to honoring the values and goals of conservation voters across the state. It’s very simple: we deserve clean water, clean energy, and a healthy democracy for every person living in Wisconsin. That is what Wisconsin Conservation Voters and its 60,000 plus members and supporters are working for each day. This budget proposal aligns with those values and those goals.”

Specific budget highlights include:

Clean water

  • Expediting efforts to set PFAS standards for drinking water and surface waters, similar to the Clear Act;
  • Providing $20 million to local governments to begin testing and remediating for PFAS;
  • Adding eleven additional fulltime staff dedicated to understanding the threats from emerging contaminants like PFAS;
  • Making it easier for more households to replace their contaminated wells by increasing the amount of annual family income that qualifies under the state’s well compensation grant program; and
  • Authorizing $40 million in bonding for the replacement of up to 50 percent of the cost to replace lead services lines through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

Clean energy and climate change

  • Establishing an Office of Environmental Justice, including a Chief Resiliency Office and additional staff;
  • Supporting local governments who are leading the charge in moving Wisconsin towards 100 percent clean energy; and
  • Increasing to the Focus on Energy program from 1.2 to 2.4 percent of operating revenues.

Public lands

  • Reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for ten years at $70 million in bonding levels, a move that will help achieve worldwide goals to protect 30% of lands and oceans by 2030.

Healthy democracy

  • Automatic voter registration
 
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