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Nearly 60,000 Wisconsinites Get Covered during First Three Weeks of Open Enrollment through

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today, with Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, announced that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 21, 57,558 Wisconsinites enrolled in a healthcare plan for 2021 through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Exchange on Wisconsinites can still enroll through […]

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DHS Launches Multimedia Campaign Encouraging Wisconsinites to Enter Health Care Field

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today the launch of WisHealth Careers, a multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites across the state to enter the health care field. “Our ability to fight COVID-19 depends on having a robust workforce caring for […]


Illness, stress fill a COVID-19 unit as Wisconsin leaders stalemate

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch The exterior of University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon looked remarkably ordinary. A line of cars queued outside of the parking garage, where drivers must still push a button and grab a ticket before entering.Patients streamed in and out of the building. The first hint that these are […]

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Gov. Evers Invests $120 Million to Support Small Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Surge

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today an additional $70 million in the second round of “We’re All In” grants, bringing the second-round total to $120 million to be invested in Wisconsin small businesses. Today’s announcement brings the total investments in the “We’re All In” grant program to $185 million. “There’s no business that hasn’t […]

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State Issues $10 Million in Additional Food Relief Grants

MADISON – Two of Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organizations will share an additional $10 million in state grants aimed at helping to aid residents experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hunger Task Force and Feeding Wisconsin will each receive $5 million, Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection […]

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Gov. Evers, OCI Commissioner Afable, DHS Secretary-designee Palm Encourage Wisconsinites Who Lost Health Insurance Anytime this Year to Enroll

Gov. Tony Evers, with Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, today encouraged Wisconsinites who have lost their health insurance coverage at any point this year to visit to enroll in healthcare coverage that works for them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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$30 Million in Education, Child Care Aid Announced

MADISON — An additional $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) money will be directed to supporting Wisconsin early child care and education providers, Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. The funds will allow the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to pay for an additional round of Child Care Counts payments. […]

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Damaged Kenosha Businesses Eligible for No-Interest State Loans

KENOSHA – Kenosha area businesses that suffered damage related to the recent civil unrest will be eligible for up to $20,000 each in state-backed, no-interest loans to help cover repair costs, it was announced Tuesday. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has allocated up to $1 million in funding for the Disaster Recovery Microloan (DRM) […]

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Gov. Evers Announces $41.6 Million Distributed Through Wisconsin Farm Support Program

Gov. Tony Evers announced yesterday that nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers received a total of $41.6 million through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a joint program between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). Each recipient received a $3,500 payment.   “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin […]

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CUEA Sends Letter to Governor Evers, Superintendent Taylor, Secretary Palm: Act now to keep our students and workers safe

In a letter sent Monday, the elected presidents of educators’ unions in Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine urged Governor Tony Evers, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm to act quickly to ensure the safety of Wisconsin’s public school students and workers. The letter: Dear Governor Evers, […]

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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Creating Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access

Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #80 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access. The task force will advise the governor and Wisconsin State Legislature on broadband actions and policy, including strategies for successfully expanding high-speed internet access to every residence, business, and institution in the state; initiatives for digital inclusion; and pathways […]

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Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Dane County Circuit Court

Gov. Tony Evers announced that he is seeking applicants for the Dane County Circuit Court – Branch 6. The appointment will fill a vacancy created by Judge Shelly Gaylord’s resignation, effective August 31, 2020.The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2021. To apply, please email a completed application form and supporting materials […]

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How well-funded a Wisconsin kid’s public school depends on which side of the tracks they live

Nearly half of funding for public schools in Wisconsin comes from local property taxes. That means the quality of education a child gets is often tied to where they live. Public schools in poorer neighborhoods can have less money than public schools in more affluent neighborhoods. The Wisconsin school funding process is meant to remedy […]

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Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Reopen Several State Parks and Forests with Special Conditions

Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Department of Natural Resources to re-open several state parks, forests, and recreational areas originally closed due to unprecedented crowds and out of an abundance of caution to protect public health.The DNR will reopen 34 state parks and forests on May 1, 2020, under special conditions to help minimize overcrowding, […]

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Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Close 40 State Parks, Forests, and Recreational Areas

Gov. Tony Evers today directed the Department of Natural Resources to close several state parks to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites. Due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and out of an abundance of caution to protect public health and safety and help flatten the curve, the following Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Recreational […]