Evers Releases Second COVID-19 Legislative Package

Yesterday, WI Gov Tony Evers released a second legislative package aimed at the COVID-19 crisis.

While the Governor did not release a total cost of the package, it appears that at a minimum it contains close to $400 million of new spending on a number of items, including increasing funding for the WEDC Small Business 20/20 program, increasing funding for Medicaid, providing grants for food assistance and meal delivery, payments to child care providers, and more.

It also allows COVID-19 to be a worker’s compensation injury for critical workers like health care workers, would increase the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families, would allow local governments the ability to allow property tax payments to be in 3 or more installments, and would waive interest and penalties on delinquent property taxes.

The bill also authorizes up to $100 million in general fund borrowing for potential increased capital costs if there are interruptions of building projects.

The Governor’s summary of the proposal is here: https://lnkd.in/e_hFm8T

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