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Video Message with Local Leaders Highlights Transportation Investments PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 April 2021 17:04

roads-i-39-90-94The governor and transportation secretary-designee are joined by Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg, La Crosse County Highway Commissioner Ron Chamberlain, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary-designee Craig Thompson highlighted the governor's investments in Wisconsin's roads and infrastructure over the 2019-21 biennium and in the governor's Badger Bounceback agenda in a video message with local leaders. They were joined by Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg, La Crosse County Highway Commissioner Ron Chamberlain, and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, all of whom highlighted the impact these critical state funds have had on their local infrastructure and communities. 

The video message is available here

tony-evers“Many of the state’s most important industries—such as agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism—rely on our transportation system to move raw materials, products, and people. And as Wisconsin begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will depend on our transportation system to boost our economic recovery,” said Gov. Evers in the video message. “[Our 2021-2023 budget proposal] includes increases in local road improvement programs that will help communities across Wisconsin, helps local transit systems buy new vehicles and expand their service areas, and makes it easier for communities to build the bicycle and pedestrian facilities that do so much to improve our quality of life. That’s what we’re really investing in when we invest in transportation—improving the quality of life for all the people of Wisconsin.”

“In the previous budget it included really an historic investment in transportation—revenue that hadn't been increased to that level in over a generation,” said Secretary-designee Thompson. “So, in the budget we're proposing this time around, there isn't the same level of increase in new revenue, but we did want to make sure that we didn't lose ground on all the projects we made in the last budget and that we would still be able to make some strategic investments in this budget.” 

“Any increases that we can get in the general transportation aids really goes a long way toward helping us maintain our current system, making sure that folks can get from point A to point B, and that the economic engine that is Wisconsin can keep moving and flowing,” said Highway Commissioner Chamberlain.

“We certainly have plenty of infrastructure projects in Brown County that would certainly be eligible candidates for those dollars,” said County Executive Streckenbach. “And infrastructure is the number one concern of our residents not only here in Brown County, but statewide.” 

“For so many years local government has heard that we're going to be cutting this, so it really does matter. We're able to plan a little bit better. We're able to get our teams out there fixing things,” said Mayor Rosenberg. “I love that you're talking about multimodal. When I think about transit that's really the important part so we can get people where they need to go, to jobs, to tourism— all of that. It's really important for us.”

The governor's 2021-23 biennial budget proposal includes a 4 percent increase over the biennium in general transportation aids for cities, villages, towns, and counties. This builds on the previous budget's historic investment of 10 percent and brings the amount of dollars allocated to this program to the highest level ever. The Badger Bounceback agenda also invests more than $565 million in the major highway program, provides $15 million to support floodproofing local roads and infrastructure, increases operations funding for local transit systems by 5 percent over the biennium, and supports electric vehicle charging stations, among several other proposals. More on the governor's budget proposal is available here.

CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Hill Press   
Friday, 02 April 2021 14:13

covid-19-travel-cdc-hillThe agency said fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before or after domestic travel unless the destination requires it.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 April 2021 08:23
Gov. Evers Grants 17 Pardons, Brings Total Pardons Granted to 174 PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 April 2021 13:03

justice-statue“Pardoning an individual is a big step to allowing them to move on in their lives and continue to study, work, and contribute to their communities,” said Gov. Evers.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he has granted another 17 pardons. The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board heard from applicants virtually and applicants whom the Board recommended for pardon were forwarded to Gov. Evers for final consideration. To date, the Governor has granted 174 pardons.

tony-evers“Pardoning an individual is a big step to allowing them to move on in their lives and continue to study, work, and contribute to their communities,” said Gov. Evers. “With these 17 pardons, I am glad to continue the important process of listening to people's stories, and giving those who have worked hard the ability to have a second chance.”

Gov. Evers granted pardons to the following people:

  • Carol Matthews was in her mid-twenties, raising a child alone and working at a cleaning company, when she failed to report her income while receiving government assistance. A longtime caregiver of people with disabilities, she earned her CNA and works independently in Milwaukee.
  • Anton House was in his late teens when he was twice found in possession of an illegal substance. He has since earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and uses his impressive education as a Lecturer at Howard University and to mentor youth in Bowie, Maryland, where he resides.
  • Richard Dziondziakowski was in his late teens in the 1960s when he illegally entered two service stations and stole cigarettes. Now retired in Oak Creek from a career in masonry and construction, his pardon will help him on his path to becoming a United States citizen—a lifelong goal.
  • Eric Lonsdale was in his mid-twenties when he was caught growing cannabis. He is now an active community member in Fort Atkinson, where he lives with his family.
  • Dirmitrius Jackson was in his early twenties when he was caught in possession of illegal substances. He lives in Kenosha with his family and is hopeful his pardon will help advance his career.
  • Edward Lantvit was 36 years old when he was caught trying to buy an illegal substance. More than three decades later, he is now a small businessman and real estate appraiser with his son. He lives in Fremont and is a proud grandfather to 14 grandchildren.
  • Malcolm Wilson was in his early thirties when he failed to report income while receiving government assistance and FoodShare. He has since earned an associate’s degree and has been a lifelong resident and employee of the city of Milwaukee.
  • Sondra Gorham was struggling with a substance use disorder in her mid-twenties when she was caught in possession of illegal substances and driving under the influence. She has achieved her tenth year of sobriety with her family in Neenah and is diligently pursuing higher education.
  • Christopher Walters was 27 years old when he was caught in possession of illegal substances. A U.S. Navy veteran, he lives with his family and owns and operates a business in Poncha Springs, Colorado.
  • Joede Polezynski was just 19 years old when she was caught in possession of an illegal substance. More than fifteen years later, she hopes a pardon will help her pursue a career in banking. She resides in Milwaukee.
  • Sandra Vessel-Swanigan was around twenty years old in the late 1970s when she failed to disclose her employment when applying for government assistance. Over four decades later, she lives and works in Milwaukee.
  • Jason Alston was 20 when he was twice found in possession of illegal substances. He has since found his passion in the culinary field and is now the owner and operator of a well-respected restaurant as well as a minister at a church where he resides in Milwaukee.
  • Preston Jackson, Jr. was caring for his father when he was caught in possession of an illegal substance. A military veteran, he served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield and now works for the Veterans Affairs in Milwaukee.
  • Nikki Thiel was involved in the sale of an illegal substance at age of 20. She hopes a pardon will help her be able to volunteer at her son’s school. She now co-owns a family business in Oregon.
  • Shannon Sweeney-Walker was in her early twenties when illegal substances were found in her residence. She has since earned her associate’s degree in accounting and lives in Racine where she is an active member of her community.
  • James Harris was 17 years old when he was caught in possession of an illegal substance. Almost two decades later, he is a successful small business owner in Milwaukee, where he resides with his family.
  • Tamara Love was only 19 years old when she sold a very small amount of an illegal substance to an undercover officer. Almost thirty years later, she is a licensed practical nurse and runs her own state licensed adult family home in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime. A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that restores some of the rights that are lost when someone is convicted of a felony, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and hold certain professional licenses. A pardon does not result in an expungement.

Under Executive Order 30, individuals convicted of a Wisconsin felony may apply for a pardon if they completed their sentence at least five years ago and have not committed any new crimes. Individuals currently required to register on the sex offender registry are ineligible for a pardon.

The pardon application, instructions, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the pardon process are located on the Governor’s website:

The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board will continue to meet virtually monthly and will be reconvening again on April 9, 2021. That hearing will air on WisEye.Org/Live from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Budget Action Meetings Signal Strong Community Support for Badger Bounceback Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Evan Goyke Press   
Friday, 02 April 2021 11:02

broadband-map-northwoodsNearly 100,000 Wisconsinites contacted via social media and virtual meetings want concentration on Wisconsin families, small businesses, and rural broadband.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:31
PSC Bill Strengthens Voice of Utility Customers PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 02 April 2021 08:31

utility-shut-offNew Law, signed by Governor Thursday, provides stable funding for Citizens Utility Board

Governor Heads Out on Pothole Patrol to Fix Wisconsin Roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:01

road-potholesGov. Evers, DOT Secretary-designee Thompson to make three stops across the state to discuss governor's biennial budget proposal.

Milwaukee Site Will Transition to Federal Pilot Community Vaccination Clinic on April 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 01 April 2021 11:14

covid-19-vaccine-shotBiden Administration opening pilot clinics across the country.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 announces that the Biden Administration has chosen the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee to serve as a federal pilot community vaccination clinic. The site will receive resources and staffing to be able to do 3,000 vaccinations per day, with all of the vaccine supply coming directly from the federal government instead of the state allocation.

tony-evers“I thank the Biden Administration for recognizing the need to maximize vaccine administration in this part of our state to reach an underserved and vulnerable population,” said Gov. Evers. “This additional federal support continues the great work our FEMA partners have already started here and will allow Wisconsin to free up state resources to focus on getting vaccine to other vulnerable populations in the state.”

The Wisconsin Center is currently federally supported by FEMA and will transition to a type 2 federal pilot community vaccination clinic operating seven days a week for eight weeks starting on April 6. In addition to receiving more direct vaccine from the federal government, more federal staff will support the site.

“Transitioning the Wisconsin Center to a federal pilot site means increased access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the Milwaukee area,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “We’re proud to work with our federal, state and local partners to further expand vaccination opportunities to individuals in Wisconsin who have been hardest hit in underserved and marginalized communities.  This vaccine is our best defense against COVID-19, and an important step in putting this pandemic behind us.”

Vaccinations will be by appointment only and will use the same registration process that has been in place until it transitions over to the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. Currently, individuals eligible for the vaccine can register for a vaccination appointment by visiting or calling (414) 286-6800.

“I am proud of the vaccine distribution plan Milwaukee Health Department has put together, particularly our mobile sites with our community partners and our enduring sites at North and South Division High School,” said Kirsten Johnson, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner. “This opportunity will afford us more capacity to meet people where they are in the community and provide more vaccine at our central site here in the Wisconsin Center.”

As a federal pilot community vaccination clinic, the Wisconsin Center will be managed by FEMA with support from the Department of Defense, State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, and the City of Milwaukee.

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Governor’s Face Covering Order PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 01 April 2021 10:50

evers-signsWe need to get folks vaccinated, but a mask still saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic.

16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:24

covid-19-vaccination-16Wisconsin leads the nation in getting available shots in arms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 15:44
Bill Could Ease Tax Burden on UI Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate, Will Swassing   
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:19

unemployment-wi-wkowCarpenter, McGuire introduce proposal that would exempt the first $10,200 in benefits from taxation.

MADISON – State Senator Tim Carpenter and State Representative Tip McGuire today introduced legislation to exempt the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits (“UI”) received in 2020 and 2021 from state taxation. Federal law already provides the same for 2020.

tim-carpenter“We know that folks have been hit hard by the pandemic, not only with their physical health, but also their financial well-being due to businesses closing or reopening at less than previous capacity,” said Carpenter. “This is a small step we can take to hopefully help out some people.”

“As our state recovers from the pandemic, it is critical that we provide assistance to the working families who were hit the hardest by the economic effects of COVID-19,” said Rep. Tip McGuire, “This bill puts money in the pockets of the Wisconsinites who need it most right now.”

“We have all heard from constituents this past year or more about the difficulties they have faced, from being unemployed for the first time, to the troubles they have had in getting their unemployment benefits, and then the idea of taxing those benefits, that’s not fair,” said Carpenter. “We owe it to people who have been hit hard during this time to not add an additional burden in the form of taxation on their UI benefits.”

Last Updated on Friday, 02 April 2021 14:48
Expand BadgerCare and Bring our Dollars Back Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 09:51

healthcare-family-drSen. Smith writes about Gov. Evers’ budget proposal to expand BadgerCare in our state. BadgerCare expansion ensures we’re being smart by covering more people while returning our tax dollars back to Wisconsin.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 10:05
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