Jobless Wisconsinites with disabilities get reprieve — 7/28/20

A roundup of top news and information about Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus

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Today we feature a story by Bram Sable-Smith, reporting for WPR and Wisconsin Watch, on the feds’ blessing for Wisconsin to distribute pandemic unemployment payments to hundreds of Wisconsin residents with disabilities. Sable-Smith reported in early June that because of a particular state law, Wisconsin recipients of Social Security Disability payments were being denied federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — aimed at helping people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic but who don’t qualify for normal state jobless aid. In mid-June, state officials said they were reconsidering how to handle the payments. On Monday, the feds approved the change.

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Victor Forberger, supervising attorney for the University of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic, works from his home in Madison, Wis., on May 26, 2020. Forberger applauded the change in policy that allows unemployed Wisconsin residents who receive Social Security Disability Insurance to also receive federal pandemic unemployment aid.

Following denials, laid-off Wisconsin workers with disabilities now eligible for federal pandemic aidWPR/Wisconsin Watch

A pandemic. Marching in the streets. Economic hardship. Former governors ask where our government leaders are.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ashland to consider mandatory face masksAshland Daily Press

Confused about Wisconsin being added to Chicago’s 14-day quarantine order? Here’s what to know.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

La Crosse County confirms 38 new COVID-19 cases in last 3 days: ‘We need your helpLa Crosse Tribune

Appleton School Board OKs sending students back to school with masksAppleton Post-Crescent

UW students push voting during pandemic with masks, TikToksThe Cap Times

WIAC cancels, postpones fall sports due to COVID-19Wisconsin State Journal

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Government updates

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Gov. Tony Evers’ office

U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization 

Housing trouble?

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Quotable

“State government has just simply failed to respond to an enormous crisis.”

Former Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Data to note

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County fair sponsorship auctions opened MondayBeloit Daily News

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