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Proposed Federal stimulus package
From MMAC’s governmental affairs team, the following is a preliminary overview of a federal stimulus package that has been agreed to by the White House and U.S. Senate. Given that this has not been formally approved by both chambers of Congress, the situation remains fluid and details may change. Also, read a detailed analysis of the bill from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
House revises emergency COVID-19 legislation to ease burden on small businesses
The U.S. House of Representatives has modified legislation approved over the weekend to make the emergency FMLA and Paid Sick Leave mandates on employers less onerous to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Congress continues to work on this legislation to balance care for employees and the need for workplace distancing with the practical economic and cash flow realities facing small businesses. >>View a summary of the bill revisions has been prepared by Littler.
We will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward. We will also be monitoring economic assistance legislation currently being discussed including the possible suspension or delay of the collection of payroll taxes.
Thanks to a concerted effort by the State of Wisconsin and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin small businesses and private non-profits are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Unemployment insurance and other workforce topics
WEDC’s Small Business 20/20 Program
Featured in recent news reports, works with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to distribute to their qualifying clients.
The CDFIs, not WEDC, will provide the grants to businesses directly. Funds from the SB20/20 program will be distributed by participating CDFIs to their current clients.
Businesses who are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available.
>> Learn more about this program and other assistance available to Wisconsin business owners
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS)
As part of its ongoing response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is reducing the amount of bus service offered on weekdays – while ensuring that people can still get to essential jobs and critical destinations. Starting Monday, March 23 and lasting until further notice, buses that operate Mondays through Fridays will begin using a schedule that is similar to the one used by MCTS on Saturdays. >>View routes & schedules