Hamilton Political Tidbits – April 23, 2021

Political Tidbits - April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
While the Legislature and Governor Evers wrangled over how Wisconsin should spend its federal aid, the Supreme Court chose a new chief justice, and the state negotiated a new economic development contract with Foxconn.

In this edition of Hamilton Political Tidbits:

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Gov. Evers Rejects Republican Plans for Spending Federal Funds, Announces Additional Details
On March 11, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, the third federal bill to include substantial grants, aids, direct payments, and other relief measures related to COVID-19. Under the ARPA, Wisconsin was allocated about $3.2 billion for the state’s government, $2.5 billion for local units of government, $1.5 billion for public K-12 schools, $565 million for colleges and universities, and $189 million for infrastructure projects.

State Reconfigures Its Contract with Foxconn
On April 19, Governor Tony Evers announced that the state of Wisconsin had negotiated a new economic development contract with Taiwanese technology manufacturer Foxconn, which is currently building a large facility in Racine County. The following day, Gov. Evers announced that the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation voted unanimously to approve the contract.

Vaccine Update: Nearly 4 Million Doses Administered; State Pauses Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
As of April 21, Wisconsin had administered nearly 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 1.6 million Wisconsin residents or 28.8 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. Almost 80 percent of Wisconsinites aged 65 and older have received at least one dose.

State Supreme Court Chooses New Chief Justice
On April 14, a majority of the seven members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to select Justice Annette Ziegler as the state’s next chief justice. She will assume the office on May 1. Justice Ziegler was first elected to the court in 2007 and ran unopposed in 2017. She is the court’s third longest-serving member. A press release from the court announcing the results of the vote did not indicate how each justice voted.

DWD Announces Another $2 Million for WFF Worker Training Grants
The Department of Workforce Development has announced additional funding for another round of worker training grants under the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. The grants are intended to fund training programs that will allow workers to obtain full-time or higher-level employment, increased wages, and/or industry recognized credentials.

News Clips
Wisconsin Public Radio, April 22, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 23, 2021
The Hill, April 22, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, April 21, 2021
Fox 11, April 20, 2021
Associated Press, April 21, 2021
TMJ 4, April 19, 2021
WisPolitics, April 19, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 16, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 16, 2021
WKOW, April 15, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, April 15, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, April 14, 2021
The Hill, April 13, 2021
Roll Call, April 13, 2021
Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, April 13, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 12, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, April 9, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 8, 2021
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