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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide ban on evictions expired on May 26, leaving renters at risk of losing housing during a pandemic that has left hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites unemployed.

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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) on May 21 released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of April 2020. The data shows that Wisconsin lost 439,400 total non-farm and 385,900 private-sector jobs from March 2020 to April 2020. Wi…

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In accordance with public health guidelines and safety recommendations, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is modifying current operations to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

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In a COVID-free world, more than 400,000 Wisconsin children receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program while attending school. To ensure that those same students continue to have access to nutritious meals while staying safer at home during the pandemic, th…

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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has approved an emergency rule to prohibit late fees or penalties for missed or late rent payments during COVID-19. Due to the rapidly changing economic landscape, many people have also had to navigate job losses,…

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State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski brought Governor Evers’ Retirement Security Task Force together today for a virtual meeting to discuss the impact COVID-19 will have on the ongoing retirement crisis in Wisconsin. In leading the taskforce, Godlewski and members discussed key considerations for…

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Today Governor Tony Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) to issue guidance on adjustment service companies and encouraged Wisconsinites to take care before hiring a company to help them tackle their debts.

“Adjustment service companies with strong ethics can play an important part in times of economic hardship,” said DFI Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld. “People need help making budgets, developing strategies to reduce debt, and negotiating with creditors, and they need it from organizations that will treat them fairly and keep fees to a minimum. Adjustment service companies can fill this role, provided they act with the character this moment demands of us all.”

In light of the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, DFI encouraged Wisconsinites to work with licensed adjustment service companies that have agreed to comply with Wisconsin law requiring low fees, honest advertising, and character and fitness.

“Doing so will better ensure that you end up working with an organization whose primary focus is helping people in need, rather than taking advantage of them,” Blumenfeld added.

To learn more, read DFI’s Guidance on Unlicensed Adjustment Service Companies and view a list of licensed adjustment service companies in Wisconsin.

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To ensure a secure food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) over the last six weeks has conducted more than 1,100 food safety checks with restaurants, manufacturers and retailers to resolve issues and reinf…

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Gov. Tony Evers announced today that dozens of organizations, which collectively represent more than 1 million Wisconsinites, voiced their support for the extension of Safer at Home in briefs filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court. On April 21, Legislative Republicans asked the Court to bloc…

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Job Center locations throughout the state closed their doors in late March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but staff are still assisting job seekers and employers virtually.

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State Rep. Don Vruwink, D-Milton, announced Saturday that he will seek another term as representative of the 43rd Assembly District.

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To continue serving Wisconsin produce farmers during the public health emergency, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is offering virtual On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs), a program that helps growers prepare to comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

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Working through the grief of the death of a loved one is never easy. That’s even more disheartening now, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the safer-at-home order that prohibits gatherings of fewer than 10 in a confined space.

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Construction is progressing at the I-39/90 and US 12/18 (Beltline) interchange near Madison. This week, westbound and eastbound lanes of US 12/18 will close overnight at I-39/90, including some interchange ramps. Crews will install new pipe culverts under the existing roadways.

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After Wisconsin Supreme Court (voting 4-2) today reinstated Tuesday's election, Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, released the following statement:

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On April 2 and 3, the Powerball Product Group and Mega Millions Consortium announced changes that are needed to ensure ticket sales can support the jackpots and other prizes. Effective this week, jackpot amounts and increases will be determined based on game sales and interest rates on a dra…

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MADISON – Following new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) are notifying the state’s farmers a…

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Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order 73 calling the Legislature to meet in Special Session on Sat., April 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. to take up changes to the upcoming spring election. Gov. Evers is urging the Legislature to take up legislation allowing an all-mail election, to send a ballot …

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Both federal and Wisconsin income tax payment and return due dates are automatically extended to July 15,. Wisconsin law will automatically extend time and waive interest and penalties for taxpayers due to a presidentially declared disaster.

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As of March 25, there are 585 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the State of Wisconsin, with one case already recovered. Statewide, six individuals have died due to complications related to COVID-19. There are a total of 6 confirmed positive cases in Rock County. The Rock County Public…

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The Department of Natural Resources will suspend in-person County Deer Advisory Council meetings planned for discussing this year’s deer season antlerless permit recommendations and will instead use a call-in format. Meeting dates and times [PDF] have not changed, and meetings remain open to…

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UW System President Ray Cross announced last week that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities.

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As many concerts, theater performances, sporting events, and other events are being canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding consumers of the tips and resources available below and on the agency’s web…

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The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) and several partner agencies are temporarily modifying service delivery approaches to help protect customers and staff in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is encouraging people to go online for faster service delivery. DWD’s Unemployment Insurance Division is experiencing heavy call volume and longer than normal wait times.

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 Gov. Tony Evers on March 22 directed the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to suspend administrative rules relating to hours of instruction, student teacher assessments, and general flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency. A copy of the order is here.

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Open Government (OOG) continues to prepare additional information in response to inquiries as to the applicability of the Wisconsin’s open meetings law in light of current public health concerns regarding COVID-19.

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MADISON — Together with state health officials at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Gov. Tony Evers today confirmed two deaths in Wisconsin due to COVID-19. The first death was a male in his 50s from Fond Du Lac County. The second death was a male in his 90s from Ozaukee County.

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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Evers has directed Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson to ensure continuation of essential services of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and protect the health and safety of citizens and employees.

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A Milton woman is among six finalists to be the 73rd Alice in Dairyland, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Saturday.

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Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hot…