On February 16th, Governor Tony Evers introduced his biennial budget for 2021-2023 to the State Legislature via a pre-recorded message, electing to appear virtually in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed budget, referred to as Badger Bounceback, recommends distributing roughly $91 billion towards a variety of state programs, which would raise state spending by […]
Dane County has released a reopening plan for the end of its Safer at Home order, which was imposed last week, several hours after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Evers’ statewide safer at home order. The plan, titled Forward Dane, takes into account nine different metrics the county must meet before it can begin […]
Last night, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued their decision to strike down Governor Evers’ safer-at-home order, effectively lifting restrictions on large gatherings and allowing businesses, but not schools, to reopen. The Supreme Court also took the unusual step of making its decision effective immediately, rather than granting some time for the legislature and the Governor […]
Since the beginning of the Safer At Home order, Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development has received over half a million unemployment claims. So far, the state has paid out almost one billion dollars in benefits, according to the Department. The economic impact of COVID-19 has also wreaked havoc on municipal and county budgets across the […]
Starting next Monday, the Madison Public Library will begin offering curbside pick-up. Madison residents with a valid library card will be able to place holds on materials online and then pick up their holds without leaving their car. The curbside pick-up is one of the first steps the library system has taken towards reopening. Earlier […]
Wisconsin still isn’t scheduled to reopen for another three weeks, but Governor Evers has begun to lift restrictions on certain businesses and state agencies. Earlier today, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes on the progress of Wisconsin’s reopening plan.