Wisconsin State Assembly To Vote On Virus Response Bill

The WI State Assembly will hold a first-of-its-kind virtual session today to vote on a coronavirus response bill. The Senate is expected to hold a similar session on Wednesday and send the bill on to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Among other things, the bill would require the state’s chief economic development agency to create a plan by June 30 to support the major industries adversely affected by the pandemic, including tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, retail, and services.

The proposal ensures that Wisconsin can capture the $2.3 billion coming to the state under the federal stimulus bill, including higher Medicaid payments and unemployment benefits. It would also waive the state’s one-week waiting period to receive unemployment, something Evers has sought.


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