State News

Congress Calls for More Ag Support in Next COVID Relief Package

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today called on Congressional Leadership to include the Farming Support to States Act in the next COVID-19 relief package. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would provide federal funding to states and other stakeholders to help support America’s agriculture economy and respond to disrupting issues in the food supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BBB Tip: Hiring a Tutor

As parents navigate returning to school, and some being informed school will start with virtual learning due to COVID-19, many are turning to tutors to help keep kids motivated and learning. Hiring a tutor for your child is a great way to help them with a subject they struggle in, ensure that they’re staying on top of their curriculum, or prepare them for an assessment.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue Posts 2020 Preliminary Equalized Values

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted its preliminary Equalized Values, Tax Incremental District (TID) Values, Net New Construction Report and County Apportionment Report.  

Rep. Ron Kind’s Office Now Accepting Applications for National Service Academies

 Rep. Ron Kind announced that his office is accepting applications from individuals interested in attending one of our nation’s service academies. Applications must be submitted by October 16, 2020.   

Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement.

DSPS Completes Inspections at Amazon Beloit Fulfillment Center; Secretary-designee Crim Tours Facility

Last Friday, Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary-designee Dawn B. Crim toured the new Amazon fulfillment center in Beloit after final inspections and in advance of its grand opening this fall. The 1.1 million-square foot facility is Amazon’s third warehouse in Wisconsin. On Friday, Amazon also announced that it will begin recruiting to fill more than 500 full-time positions to staff the fulfillment center.

AG Kaul Advises Residents to be Alert to Increased Risks for Human Trafficking

Attorney General Josh Kaul is advising residents to be alert to potential human trafficking during the current health crisis. Social and physical isolation and economic insecurity contribute to the susceptibility of victims, and human traffickers are using it to their advantage. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is July 30, 2020.

No Sharp-tailed Grouse Hunting Season For Fall 2020

In light of scientific data and concerns over population viability, there will be no sharp-tailed grouse hunting season this fall. With no permits available, no applications will be made available or accepted this year.

Kwik Trip to acquire Stop-N-Go convenience stores

Kwik Trip is announcing that the company has signed an agreement to acquire Madison-based Stop-N-Go Convenience Centers.

In a press release Wednesday, the company says the acquisition “allows Kwik Trip to expand its presence with the respected Stop-N-Go chain of stores,” and that “Stop-N-Go management and team members have built an excellent brand over their 57 years in business and are known for their excellent customer service and convenience.”

Wisconsin Department of Revenue distributes just under $1.4 billion in shared revenue to local governments, schools, tech colleges and special districts

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) kicked off the week with a distribution of the following shared revenue and property tax credit payments to counties, municipalities, school districts, technical colleges and special districts.