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COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - WI: Budget Policy & Priorities

Since mid-March, the state of Wisconsin has processed at least 150,000 unemployment claims. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in most states due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Wisconsin is no exception. New estimates from a think-tank indicate the hemorrhaging of jobs will only get worse. The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute said by the summer, Wisconsin could

Wisconsin is projected to have a budget surplus of more than $450 million by the end of next year, but leaders are split on how to use it. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants state lawmakers to meet in special session Tuesday to discuss spending surplus money on education. But it appears GOP leaders won't go along with the idea. Last week, the Democratic governor announced a plan to spend $250 million of the state's pr

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders have made clean water a priority for the Badger State. (Steve Johnson/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. -- More states might make clean water a priority in 2020, and Wisconsin is among them as lawmakers seek to protect residents from harmful chemicals and other contaminants. A group of state lawmakers say they plan to seek approval of legislation that would invest millions of dollars i

AARP Wisconsin says nearly 60% of family caregivers in the state cover at least some expenses for their loved ones out of their own pockets. (AARP)

MADISON, Wis. - Nearly 580,000 Wisconsin residents are unpaid family caregivers, according to AARP Wisconsin, and the group is renewing its call for state lawmakers to ease the financial burden they face. Legislation has been introduced to provide a tax credit of $500 for certain expenses incurred

As Gov. Tony Evers calls a special session on gun control, both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Republicans would not take up bills that would infringe on constitutional rights to own guns. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers is pushing for two gun-control bills stuck in limbo, as Republican lawmakers refuse to debate or bring them up for a vote. The governor called the Legislature into a special session set for early November to discuss the bills, which would enforce background

As Wisconsin's population ages, a task force and several pieces of legislation have been filed to help caregivers. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers's Caregiver task force explores ways to provide better wages and benefits to the state's caregivers. And two bills also would help caregivers get updated medical information about the people they care for as well as tax credits. Republican Sen. Patrick Testin

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off her 2019 Back-to-School Tour at St. Marcus Lutheran School, which serves 900 students. The administration touts the school as home of the first-ever education freedom program. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — During Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent visit to a Milwaukee voucher school, public-school supporters showed up to protest her plans to expand similar programs nationally. DeVos kicked off her back-to-school tour hoping to drum up support for so-called Education Freedo

About 119,000 people in Wisconsin stand to lose SNAP food assistance if the USDA changes the rules for what is known as categorical eligibility. (Unsplash)

MADISON, Wis. – If eligibility changes proposed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are implemented, new research says Wisconsin could be hit harder than any other state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to end categorical eligibility, the practice of allowing fa

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