Hamilton Political Tidbits – June 18, 2020

Hamilton Political Tidbits - June 18, 2020
Hamilton Consulting Group
 June 18, 2020
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Latest Wisconsin Revenue & Unemployment Numbers

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently released a memo providing updates on Wisconsin tax collections, general fund, and unemployment insurance numbers.
Gov. Evers Releases Major Budget Policies for Agencies in 2021-23

Gov. Tony Evers recently provided state agencies with his major budget policies for 2021-23. The budget instructions request agencies prepare budgets without asking for new spending in either year of the biennium.
Continue reading about the budget instructions.
Leg Council Memo on Worker's Comp & COVID-19

Wisconsin Legislative Council recently released an issue paper overviewing employer liability for employees diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning to work.
Wisconsin Businesses Need COVID-19 Liability Protection

From Bill G. Smith, Wisconsin Civil Justice Council President and National Federation of Independent Business-Wisconsin State Director
Across Wisconsin, businesses have shut down and workers gone without paychecks after the state's private sector was largely shuttered to address the COVID-19 crisis. Our economy has taken a severe blow, the worst since the Great Depression. Slowly, parts of Wisconsin's economy are reopening, but the road to recovery will not be easy.
For many Wisconsin businesses, a major concern as they reopen is the threat of frivolous lawsuits from potential COVID-19 outbreaks beyond their control, and for which they may not be responsible. Businesses, large and small, are working hard to bring back family supporting jobs and serve their customers. During these unprecedented times, business owners should not be at risk of potentially bankrupting litigation.
Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature must work together soon to enact the following four-point agenda to protect Wisconsin businesses from an atmosphere of frivolous lawsuits.

AG Kaul Joins Coalitions on Net Metering Petition, Generic Drug Investigation

In addition to recent multistate comments filed on PFAS chemicals, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul recently joined a multistate coalition supporting state net metering programs and a coalition filing an antitrust lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers.

PFAS Update: AG Kaul Leads Coalition Supporting EPA Regulation, WI PFAS Action Council Meets

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul recently led a 22-state coalition urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate PFAS chemicals.
At the state level, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in early stages of promulgating rules that would regulate PFOA and PFOS. Meanwhile, DNR, as directed by the governor in Executive Order #40, is leading a group of Wisconsin state agency officials (Wisconsin PFAS Action Council, or WisPAC) as they prepare to present a state PFAS action plan to the governor and legislature.
DNR Changes High Capacity Well Environmental Review Processes After Act 21 AG Opinion Withdrawn

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin considering cumulative environmental impacts when reviewing high capacity well permit applications. The DNR policy change comes after Attorney General Josh Kaul withdrew an opinion from his predecessor interpreting 2011 Wisconsin Act 21's effects on DNR permitting.
Gov. Evers Appoints New DATCP Secretary

Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Randy Romanski as the new secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP). Romanski had been serving as interim secretary since late 2019, when the state Senate rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff for the top DATCP position.
2020 Election Issue Update

Candidates for state Senate and Assembly filed their nomination papers on June 1. Hamilton Consulting's 2020 Elections Issue Update lists all candidates and will include elections updates and results from now until November.

Bookmark this link to stay up to date on the latest Wisconsin election news as we get closer to November: https://www.hamilton-consulting.com/issue/2020-elections/

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