State News

DWD processing PUA Applications

PUA is a new federal program that was established to provide assistance to people who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance. People who are self-employed, certain independent contractors and people with limited recent work history are among those potentially eligible for assistance under the temporary program.

Shop locally, shop responsibly during COVID-19

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing circumstances of COVID-19, we can take comfort that we live in a state that produces an abundance of nutritious, high-quality foods. From fruits and vegetables to milk and meat, Wisconsin agriculture is diverse and plentiful. You don’t have to drive far in Wisconsin to see the farms and fields that feed all of us every day.

Iola Car Show Announces Details for the 1st Rally for Iola

Joe Opperman, Executive Director of the Iola Car Show, has released the details of the first ever Rally for Iola. This fundraiser opens the Iola Car Show grounds for a car cruise that allows participants to celebrate Iola while adhering to the safety guidelines at the time.

Mail campaign delivers $5.19M in unclaimed property to owners

In the past two months, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) delivered about $1.89 million in unclaimed property checks to 292 matched claimants as part of its property matching program.

All In For Agriculture

Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ “All In For Agriculture” announcement to provide $50 million to Wisconsin Farmers and $15 million for food security:

Rep. Kind Reminds Farmers and Agricultural Businesses that Economic Relief through the SBA is Available

Today, Rep. Ron Kind is reminding farmers and agricultural producers that they are still able to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), including up to a $10,000 grant that does not need to be repaid. Due to funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications in order to assist agricultural businesses.

AG Kaul, 38 Attorneys General Urge Congress to Fund Expanded Access to Broadband

Attorney General Kaul and 38 other attorneys general are urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds Available for Rental Assistance

The state government will make $25 million available to residents who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic to help make rent payments.

Only adult Wisconsin residents qualify for the program. Applicants must also have an income 80 percent or below the county median for the month of or prior to submitting the application

Baldwin Helps Introduce Bill to Expand SNAP Delivery During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) to introduce the Increasing Access to SNAP Delivery During COVID-19 Act, which would ensure SNAP participants, especially seniors and immunocompromised individuals, have access to home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Representatives Jahana Hayes (D-CT-5), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11) and Joe Neguse (D-CO-2) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

AG Kaul Releases New Report and Data on State Crime Laboratories

Attorney General Josh Kaul today released the 2019 Annual Report for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Forensic Sciences (DFS) crime laboratories and an update on the division’s progress in implementing recommendations identified in a 2018 Needs Assessment by the National Forensic Science Technology Center. Also released today are new county-by-county data on drugs identified by the DFS Controlled Substances units.