American Rescue Plan

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Unless Congress acts, this will be the last Tax Day parents benefit from expanded Child Tax Credit

BY: - April 18, 2022

Most parents filing taxes this year are benefitting from improvements to the Child Tax Credit that help make it easier to make ends meet. These improvements lifted millions of children out of hardship and slashed poverty rates — but the failure of Congress to take action to continue the expanded credit places families at risk […]

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$200 million in ARPA money sent to local governments across Wisconsin

BY: - December 1, 2021

Local governments big and small across Wisconsin received a total of $200 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) this week. The program is meant to help local governments recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and was disbursed by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.  The amount each municipality received was determined through a formula based […]

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The Affordable Care Act is safe — what’s next?

BY: - June 28, 2021

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay. Over the last ten years, President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform legislation has survived more than 70 repeal votes in Congress and three efforts to invalidate the law via the courts.  The latest challenge to the ACA before the United States Supreme Court, Texas v. […]

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U.S. makes it easier to enroll in expanded child tax credit; advocates call for permanent increase

BY: - June 21, 2021

A new federal web page will make it possible for more people to sign up for a federal child tax credit that will pay families who qualify up to $300 a month per child starting in July. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) temporarily increased the amount of the tax credit for 2021, to $3,600 […]

WILL lawyer, Wisconsin farmer appear on Tucker Carlson Show to allege racism against white farmers

BY: - May 7, 2021

The president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), along with a Calumet County dairy farmer, appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show on Wednesday to discuss their lawsuit alleging a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) aimed at helping Black farmers is discrimination.  Carlson, who has spread racist conspiracy theories on […]

Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks to supporters outside the Cobb County election headquarters Dec. 17.

Warnock works to remedy decades of USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - May 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The arrival of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in Congress earlier this year coincided with an overdue recognition of the historic discrimination inflicted on Black farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farmers’ plight has emerged as a major priority for Warnock, a Georgia Democrat whose victory in a January special election runoff handed his […]

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Inflation boogeyman scares only the extremely wealthy

BY: and - April 27, 2021

The inflation fear-mongers are at it again. In a futile attempt to discredit President Joe Biden’s extraordinarily popular American Rescue Plan (economic recovery) and American Jobs Act (infrastructure) the usual Republican and neo-liberal suspects are once again raising the boogeyman of inflation. Responding to Biden’s proposals, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, Charles Grassley and John Thune […]

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New federally funded COVID-19 testing program planned for schools

BY: - April 20, 2021

With continued concern about COVID-19 variant strains to which younger people are more susceptible than previous versions of the novel coronavirus, Wisconsin’s health and education agencies will set up a COVID-19 testing program in schools. The Department of Health Services (DHS) and Gov. Tony Evers announced plans Tuesday to offer the testing program for teachers, […]

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GOP bills seeking control of federal COVID relief funds to take center stage

BY: - April 12, 2021

Tuesday’s Assembly floor session will focus largely on a package of bills that would take control of federal COVID-19 relief spending from Gov. Tony Evers — and will almost certainly face an Evers veto. The Assembly Rules Committee has put 11 bills on Tuesday’s agenda that direct spending from Wisconsin’s $3.2 billion share of money […]

Evers vetoes bill to give Legislature control of federal COVID  relief funds

BY: - March 29, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers unveiled the start of a broad blueprint for the state’s plan to use its $3.2 billion infusion from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Monday — and vetoed a bill that would have given the Republican-led state Legislature the final word on how the money is spent. Evers said Monday that $2.5 […]

Retired Teamster Bob Amsden discusses the campaign to protect struggling multi-employer pensions at a meeting of retirees. (Erik Gunn | Wisconsin Examiner)

Collapsing union pension plans win long-sought help from rescue package

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tucked in the Democrats’ massive coronavirus stimulus package was a long-awaited solution for a financial ticking time bomb: private pension funds on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the retirement plans of millions of union members.  The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore […]

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State’s unemployment waiting period back on, delaying added federal benefit

BY: - March 18, 2021

A provision in the new federal COVID-19 relief law extends $300 a week in additional federal unemployment benefits to laid-off workers — but newly unemployed Wisconsin residents must wait a week. The reason: The state’s requirement that workers who lose a job must wait one week before they can receive unemployment insurance (UI) is now […]