MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers has released a second sweeping package of proposals in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Legislature to take up.
Republican leaders have been negotiating with Evers and said hours before he released the measures Wednesday that they have yet to reach a deal.
The latest Evers proposals come after he floated a $700 million package last week that Republicans rejected.
In the latest proposal, Evers wants to increase funding for Medicaid providers, create a reinsurance program to reduce health insurance premiums and provide grants for food assistance and meal delivery, among other things.
He also wants to increase tax cuts for poor families and waive interest and penalties on delinquent property taxes.
Republicans haven’t said when the Legislature will come back to debate a bill, but it could be as soon as next week.
The latest Marquette Law School poll shows a wide majority of Wisconsin residents support Gov. Evers’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic so far, including his orders to shut down schools and businesses.
We need to do everything we can to support those who need it during these challenging times, and we need comprehensive legislative solutions here at the state level. That’s why I proposed two legislative packages for the Legislature to take up.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 1, 2020
The first package provides additional funding and flexibility for our healthcare workers and public health professionals, repeals the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance, expands access to telehealth services, and much more. More here: https://t.co/CDgXYCNyZM— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 1, 2020
The second package ensures workers receive back payment for any lost unemployment benefits due to the one-week waiting period, increases funds for healthcare providers, and provides housing and utility protections, among many other things. https://t.co/atHDxeh4mF— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 1, 2020
I’m calling on the Legislature to convene without any further delay. I look forward to working with legislators to find bipartisan solutions and to hearing any proposals they may have to address the impacts of #COVID19 on the health and well-being of Wisconsinites.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 1, 2020
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