Health officials urged caution in Wisconsin as new COVID-19 cases increased slightly and a new strain was identified Thursday, as vaccinations pick up across the state.
State and local government and educational institutions in Wisconsin are expected to receive $3.21 billion in funding from the federal government as part of the latest COVID-19 relief fund — the American Rescue Plan. UW System institutions are expected to receive about $275 million.
The most recent report from the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison, published in October 2020, showed 10.6 percent of Wisconsinites lived in poverty in 2018. That rate has not changed much from 11.1 percent in 2009, when the state was beginning to recover from the Great Recession.
Nitya Patil, an organizer with Bleed Shamelessly, believes that even in progressive areas like Dane County, a lot of work remains to destigmatize menstruation.
In March, Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced an “Economic Justice Bill of Rights for All Wisconsinites,” which, among other provisions, includes an “equitable, living-income and livelihood.”
In-person absentee voting began Tuesday for the 2021 Spring Election on April 6. On Election Day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
On Monday, individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, a week earlier than previously expected.
The State Building Commission deadlocked on Gov. Tony Evers’ capital budget Wednesday, which includes over $1 billion in UW System projects.
The People’s Maps Commission held a public hearing last Thursday in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District — which includes the city of Madison — where citizens voiced concerns about partisan gerrymandering in the redistricting process.
As state health officials prepare to expand Wisconsin’s rollout, restaurant workers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
Madison residents marched from Dayton Street up to the State Capitol on Friday to advocate for transgender rights and bring awareness to discrimination against the Wisconsin transgender community.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities Subcommittee on Law Enforcement Policies and Standards met Thursday to discuss officer misconduct, use of force and duty to intervene, data collection, no-knock search warrants, community engagement and school resource officers.
Legislative Democrats introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Wisconsin’s Constitution Monday.
The Senate Committee on Education passed a bill Friday that would require Wisconsin schools to include the Holocaust and other genocides in their social studies curriculum.
The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change met Thursday to discuss their recommendations in the governor’s biennial budget, including an Office of Environmental Justice and funds for green job training and clean energy research.
On Monday, a group of 52 Republican lawmakers called on Gov. Tony Evers to distribute the rest of the state’s federal educational COVID-19 relief funds to districts that have been teaching in-person since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill to begin updating the state’s outdated unemployment system and put back in place the suspension of the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits Thursday.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers proposed implementing ranked-choice voting in Wisconsin’s federal elections.