Evers broadcasts greater than $140M for tourism, leisure industries | Free

LAKE GENVA – Governor Tony Evers announced over $ 140 million in grants to businesses and organizations that play an important role in the Wisconsin tourism and entertainment industries. The new scholarship programs will be invested in industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live venues, cinemas, summer camps, minor league sports, and the hospitality industry. Additional investments will be made in reopening historic sites in Wisconsin and in marketing support for the Wisconsin tourism industry.

“Wisconsin is recovering faster than ever,” said Evers. “Whether it’s an urban or rural destination, these investments will help local venues and businesses emerge from this pandemic and are ready to welcome people from communities in Wisconsin and across the country. Wisconsin is the best place to live, play and work, and investing in companies that promote culture and entertainment in our communities will pay off for Wisconsinites and communities in our state. “

“I am grateful to Governor Evers for his commitment to tourism, one of Wisconsin’s largest industries,” said Anne Sayers, interim secretary for the Department of Tourism. “From leisure travelers looking to reconnect with friends and family to business travelers attending meetings and conventions, these dollars will be critical to helping our industry recover. We can’t wait to help more travelers discover the unexpected in Wisconsin. ”

The investments announced by Evers include:

  • $ 75 million for housing grants
  • $ 11.25 million for cinemas
  • $ 12 million for small businesses at live events
  • $ 2.8 million for minor league sports teams
  • $ 10 million for live events
  • $ 15 million for destination marketing organizations
  • $ 8 million for summer camp
  • $ 1 million for the Wisconsin Historical Society in support of reopening historic sites and
  • $ 7.5 million to increase marketing support for the Wisconsin tourism industry

These investments are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and managed by the State Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue.

“Reg. Evers’ investments in Wisconsin make a difference for small businesses, organizations and all Wisconsiners, “said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “Last year local venues kept their doors closed to protect their communities. Now that nearly half of all Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the vaccine, life is returning to normal – smaller league ball games welcoming families, theaters reopening, and concert venues booking new shows. These investments will ensure our communities recover more strongly than before. “

Evers adjusting spending plans after Rescue Plan cash lower than anticipated

MADISON (WKOW) – Governor Tony Evers’ only definitive answer on Wednesday to questions about how his administration will adjust to Wisconsin to receive $ 700 million less than expected under the US bailout is that it has no impact on previously announced plans for small business relief efforts.

Wisconsin learned Tuesday that it would receive $ 2.5 billion through the American Rescue Plan Act. The Congressional Budget Office previously estimated the state would receive $ 3.2 billion.

Evers, the vetoed a bill In March, this would have given Republican-controlled lawmakers a say in how the money was used. Previously, he had split the proposed spending into three buckets:

  • $ 2.5 billion in economic relief, including business grants
  • $ 200 million for broadband expansion
  • $ 500 million for ongoing pandemic response.

Given the proposed spending skeleton, the loss of $ 700 million resulted in the Evers government being reformed.

“Obviously that $ 700 million makes a difference,” Evers said. “That’s $ 700 million. We can’t help people, our small businesses, and others recover as quickly as we wanted.”

Evers later, in the same answer to a question about how the reduction would affect the state’s relief plans, indicated that helping small businesses would remain high on the priority list.

“When we think of the areas of the state that are struggling so hard, it’s small businesses, businesses on Main Street, bars, restaurants and so on,” Evers said. “We will continue to make sure they are a priority.”

Britt Cudaback, director of communications for the governor’s office, said Wednesday the disappointing news would likely lead the government to shrink its proposed spending in all three buckets, but added that it would have no impact on previously announced corporate relief plans .

These included $ 420 million for Small Business Recovery Grant, $ 50 million for Main Street Business Grant, $ 50 million for Just Recovery, and $ 50 million for the Beyond the Classroom Initiative “.

The government had also pledged $ 50 million for the tourism industry, which Cudaback said would not be affected by the reduction either.

The estimated $ 700 million loss will also cause problems for the ongoing state budget process.

UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden said the matter had been further tarnished by clarifying that $ 2.5 billion would be split into two doses. One half comes from, the other half comes after another year.

“A second amount waiting to be received by the state next year complicates matters in my opinion,” said Burden. “Because we really don’t know exactly what the state’s budget situation will look like in 12 months.”

Is it worth vaccinating?

While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday that the state would be holding five $ 1 million lotteries to reward vaccinated residents, Evers said he wouldn’t rule anything out if asked if he would consider using government funds for a vaccination incentive program.

“We will do everything in our power to get people to be shot in the arms,” ​​said Evers.

As for the money earmarked for ongoing pandemic response, Cudaback said those funds would cover continuation of efforts including contact tracing and clinics, regardless of the final amount.

Health Department officials said Wednesday they would enter a phase where fewer people would be vaccinated over an extended period as demand for the vaccine has hit a wall in recent weeks and about 45 percent of the state’s population is at least receiving it have a dose.

Evers guarantees particulars quickly on how federal cash to be spent

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Governor Tony Evers announced Tuesday that within weeks, with no input from Republican lawmakers, he would announce how he will spend all $ 3.2 billion on federal coronavirus bailout funds that come after Wisconsin come.

State law gives the governor, a Democrat, control over how the money is to be spent. The Republican-controlled legislation passed laws ordering the money to be spent on lowering property taxes, funding local road projects, and other areas, but Evers vetoed them all. He also vetoed a bill that would have required an issue of the money to go through the legislation.

When asked at a press conference whether he would discuss his plans for spending the money with Republican leaders, Evers said it was not a “top priority”.

“Getting the money out the door is the top priority,” he said.

Evers said he received a call to the federal government later Tuesday to discuss the schedule for the cash out, and details of his plans could be revealed soon.

“We expect to get the information we need in a few weeks,” said Evers.

Evers has already announced that up to $ 420 million of this money, which will flow into the state, will be used for a small business grant program. He has promised to spend $ 600 million of federal funds on small businesses. He has also promised to spend $ 50 million on tourism, $ 200 million on infrastructure including broadband access, and $ 500 million on pandemic action, but has not released details.

Republicans who oversee the Legislature’s Budgets Committee have said that the next biennial budget will be made more difficult by the fact that Evers does not yet say how all of the federal money will be spent. The Joint Finance Committee will hold a fully virtual final public hearing on the budget on Wednesday.

“The Joint Finance Committee will be able to work on the budget,” said Evers.

The legislature’s budget committee is expected to vote on Evers’ budget proposal as early as next week. The spending plan runs from July to June 2023. It also needs to pass legislation and be signed by Evers, who has extensive veto rights, before it becomes law.

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