Gov. Evers Calls for Bipartisan Legislative Action on COVID-19 Relief and Support Package
MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today again called for bipartisan legislative action to ensure Wisconsin is equipped to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief and support to families, workers, and businesses affected by this crisis. Over the past few weeks, Gov. Evers has introduced two comprehensive pieces of legislation to address the needs of communities across the state during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including providing critical investments in health services, support for first responders, healthcare workers, and childcare providers, and assistance for Wisconsin families and businesses. The governor’s legislation has not yet been taken up by the Legislature.
“I’ve said all along that time is of the essence in responding to this crisis. People are scared, and people need to know that we’re not going to leave them in the lurch because we’re asking everyone to make sacrifices here,” said Gov. Evers. “We need to get things done to make sure that we can respond to COVID-19, and that we have the resources to help support our families and neighbors who are worried about making ends meet, healthcare workers and first responders who are risking their lives each day, and our small businesses and farms that have been hit hard because folks are staying home and staying safe.”
Last month, Gov. Evers introduced LRB-6128, followed a few days later on April 1, 2020 by LRB-6105. Summary documents of those two proposals are available here: first legislative package and second legislative package.In addition to providing these two comprehensive proposals, the governor called the Legislature to meet in special session to address needed changes to the April 7 spring election to protect public health and safety. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership gaveled out of that special session without taking any legislative action on the election or any other proposed legislation.
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