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The state Department of Children and Families plans to offer child care centers a $51 million boost in federal funds after a Republican-controlled legislative budget committee approved the spending on Friday. It’s less than half the $125 million Gov. Tony Evers proposed spending in March, and advocates say the money falls short of what is needed to rescue businesses asked to stay open under Evers’ now-scuttled Safer at Home order with little state or federal support, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Until the legislative action, “Wisconsin had been among only a handful of states to fail to provide financial assistance to the industry,” Chris Rickert reports for the newspaper.
Child care centers in line for $51 million bailout, or far less than what’s needed, advocates say — Wisconsin State Journal
Madison and Dane County launching plan to reopen economy in phases — Wisconsin State Journal
Rock County announces reopening guide — Beloit Daily News
City of Racine limits mass gatherings through July 31 — Journal Times
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren’t counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Wisconsin officials reported 198 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 5.9% of tests coming back positive, according to the state Department of Health Services. Here is the latest look at trends from our partners at WisContext.
The Evers administration is no longer using criteria under his Badger Bounce Back plan to decide when to reopen the economy in stages (That’s after the Wisconsin Supreme Court stuck down the Safer at Home order.) But if those criteria were still in play, Wisconsin would meet four of six measures.
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Community Heroes: She’s making life a little sweeter for essential workers — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Their part-time jobs as grocery store workers have turned into an essential business — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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