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Jill Biden visits Milwaukee school

BY: - September 15, 2021

On Wednesday First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Milwaukee for the first time since Inauguration Day, to visit Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School and talk about keeping students safe as they return to in-person learning.  Pratt, a Milwaukee Public School that receives federal Title I funding because of its high number of children in poverty, […]

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Local, tribal health agencies to get $58.4M for COVID-19 response efforts

BY: - September 13, 2021

Local and tribal health departments will share in $58.4 million awarded from Wisconsin’s share of the federal American Rescue Plan Act to help them absorb the added costs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers announced the public health funding program Monday morning. Each department’s share will include a base amount and an […]

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Evers taps COVID relief funds to offset state budget’s transit cuts to Madison, Milwaukee

BY: - August 31, 2021

To partially offset millions of dollars cut from his proposed budget for transit funding for Madison and Milwaukee, Gov. Tony Evers is dividing $25 million from the state’s pandemic relief fund between bus systems serving the two cities. Evers announced the bus system financial boost Monday, holding press conferences in each city. The funds come […]

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State establishes $250M grant programs for local development, health care projects

BY: - August 24, 2021

Wisconsin will spend $250 million in pandemic relief money on two programs to help support housing, transit, child care and health care projects. The priority will be underserved communities in the state, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday. Local and tribal governments will be able to apply for the grants, to be awarded in a competitive […]

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Evers sending $50 million of federal relief in direct aid to farmers

BY: - August 18, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday that $50 million from the federal government will go to  another round of direct aid payments to Wisconsin’s farmers and other agricultural producers.  The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act and the governor has some flexibility in how to spend it. This is the second time Evers has […]

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Schools need help to meet kids’ needs

BY: - July 29, 2021

School may be out for the summer, but Wisconsin educators are already thinking ahead to fall when we welcome students back to class. Teachers will be ready to meet children’s academic, social and emotional needs in our classrooms, but we can’t do it alone. It’s never been clearer how decisions at the state and federal […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: and - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting Thursday and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes in […]

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State puts $130M into projects to provide worker training, address hiring challenges

BY: - July 15, 2021

Wisconsin will use $130 million from the state’s federal pandemic relief funds to pay for new programs that aim to help employers find new workers and people without jobs find new work. The three programs, which Gov. Tony Evers announced at a news conference in Green Bay Wednesday morning, include: $100 million in so-called Workforce […]

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WILL launches national effort to protect white people from discrimination and restrict speech in schools

BY: - July 8, 2021

Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington, general counsel and deputy counsel at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), said in a virtual webinar Wednesday that because they both witnessed incidents of racism as young children, they’re uniquely qualified to say that discrimination is no longer a problem in America.  The conservative legal outfit, while […]

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Derrick Van Orden called COVID-19 relief a ‘disaster,’ but the group he works with got $170k in aid

BY: - June 29, 2021

Republican Derrick Van Orden was outspoken in his opposition of federal COVID-19 relief passed into law earlier this year. Yet that opposition did not extend to federal aid of more than $170,000 that a nonprofit organization he works with received in May 2020.  Van Orden, who is running for the second time to unseat Democratic […]

Paper mill revival loan winds up in showdown over pandemic relief

BY: - June 29, 2021

For the city of Wisconsin Rapids, a shuttered paper mill is a potential lifeline to recovering some of the 900 jobs the community lost a year ago.  For thousands of others who make their living cutting, selling and hauling timber across northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan, it represents the prospect of restoring income cut off […]

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Evers unveils $140M in pandemic recovery grants for tourism industry

BY: - June 24, 2021

Wisconsin tourism organizations and businesses will share in $140 million in state grants funded by federal pandemic relief money, Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. Slightly more than half of the grant money — $75 million — will go to the lodging industry, while the rest will be divided among movie theaters, small businesses associated with […]