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Wisconsin has denied federal pandemic aid to workers on federal disability who lost their jobs. But Caleb Frostman, Wisconsin’s secretary of Workforce Development, is now asking the federal government to allow the state to reverse that practice, reports Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom.
The backstory for the state’s denials is complicated, and it involves a 2013 state law that bars Wisconsin from issuing unemployment compensation to laid-off workers who also qualify for federal disability benefits. But Frostman’s push to open up federal pandemic aid to these recipients could potentially affect thousands of workers with disabilities as the economy struggles to rebound during the pandemic.
Reversing course: Wisconsin seeks federal OK to aid the unemployed with disabilities — Wisconsin Watch/WPR
2.4% positive for COVID-19 antibodies in Madison area as broader testing begins — Wisconsin State Journal
Mental health experts see rise in cases as pandemic, protests create anxiety — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Wisconsin nonprofits face financial dire straits as they continue to cope with coronavirus — Green Bay Press Gazette
Claim about ‘idle’ state workers amid COVID-19 lacks context — PolitiFact Wisconsin
Data to note
The Washington Post reports on findings gleaned from U.S. Centers for Disease Control data released Monday. The data offered details on 1.7 million coronavirus cases and 103,700 deaths related to the virus.
“People with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes were hospitalized six times as often as otherwise healthy individuals infected with the novel coronavirus during the first four months of the pandemic, and they died 12 times as often,” the newspaper reported.
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