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Wisconsin Democrats decry smaller coronavirus relief package, want more

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p dir=”ltr”>Democrats spent their Tuesday fighting the package from Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, designed to survive the governor’s scrutiny. 

(The Center Square) – Democratic senators at the Wisconsin Capitol say the pared-down Republican coronavirus relief package is too small. 

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p dir=”ltr”>Sen. Chris Lawson, D-Milwaukee said the Democratic proposal would help those people and businesses by adding emergency pay for healthcare workers and first responders, would stop evictions for non-payment of rent, and expand unemployment benefits in the state. 

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p dir=”ltr”>“We need to do a lot of catch up,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-West Point, said on the Senate floor. “We need to really start catching up here and recognize that there are people and businesses here in Wisconsin that need our help.”

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p dir=”ltr”>Republicans complain the Democratic plan would do nothing to get kids back into school or reopen classrooms, noting the Democratic plan would prohibit the state’s Department of Public Instruction from measuring student performance for the year. 

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p dir=”ltr”>“We need to actually step-up to meet this moment in history,” Lawson said. “If we pass the [Republican package] as it’s proposed, we should be graded D-. barely passing. Doing the absolute minimum.”

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p dir=”ltr”>LeMahieu said the proposal does five things, some of them rather technical in nature, but it also ends the waiting period for federal unemployment benefits. Most important to Republicans, the package provides schools, nonprofits, doctors, and small businesses in the state some protection against coronavirus lawsuits. 

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p dir=”ltr”>LeMahieu was the only Republican to speak to the Republican coronavirus relief plan, and said very little from the Senate floor. 

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p dir=”ltr”>The Wisconsin Assembly will next vote on the package. The governor said after the vote that he is waiting for lawmakers to send the plan to him. 

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p dir=”ltr”>“The bill we passed in the Senate today builds on our previous negotiations and addresse