Economy


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Biden’s COVID Relief Plan Is a Huge Deal for Women. Here’s How.

Study after study has found that women, particularly women of color, have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s economic toll, losing jobs and leaving the workforce in alarming numbers.

Ashley Deetz cleans the bar area at Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub in downtown Eau Claire Thursday afternoon before the restaurant opened. People working at restaurants, taverns and other service sector jobs have been among the hardest hit financially by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Wisconsin to Congress: Approve Next Round of COVID-19 Relief ASAP

“Listen to us. Hear our stories.” People struggling with pandemic recession want Biden’s plan taken up quickly.

President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A $15 Minimum Wage Would Give One-Third of WI Workers a Raise

The average affected full-time worker would make $3,500 more annually, with 60% of those affected 25 or older and 61% women, according to Wisconsin Budget Project.

Sarah Hammes-Murray straightens a hand-made soap display at Tangled Up In Hue in downtown Eau Claire, where she is manager and creative director. The store benefited from a state grant earlier this year intended to help keep small businesses up and running during the coronavirus pandemic, and its owners plan to apply for another round of that funding as the pandemic continues. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Looking Back on 2020: How COVID Crushed Wisconsin’s Economy

Despite those qualifying for federal and state funds to stay afloat, revenue is down and layoffs common.

Dusk falls over the Capitol Monday after Congressional leaders have hashed out a massive, year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Every Wisconsin Republican in Congress Voted Against the COVID Relief Bill

For the second time in 2020, every GOP member from the state opposed bipartisan help for farmers, renters, homeowners, small business owners, and families.

Congressional leadership including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, on Capitol Hill, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
Congress Has Approved Another COVID Relief Bill. Here’s What That Means for Wisconsin.

Renters, farmers, and rural residents should get a boost from the long-awaited second federal COVID relief package.

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One Wisconsin Woman on Why Absent Legislators Have to ‘Put Themselves in My Shoes’

Roughly 42,000 Wisconsinites waiting on unemployment checks, as legislative committee holds hearing on why.