Economy


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.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks, is defended by Al Horford #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a game at Fiserv Forum on February 22, 2020 in Milwaukee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Giannis Is Staying With the Bucks. Workers and Businesses Are Thrilled.

“This is the best news of 2020,” says a service workers union head.

Chris Van Es with then-Treasury Secy Jack Lew in 2016.
WI Treasury Alum: Janet Yellen Is Good for Workers, Consumers, Interest Rates, Tariffs

Eau Claire native Chris Van Es says she and other Obama-era figures are also “crisis tested” and ready to help President-elect Biden.

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday announced $10 million in federal money is being awarded to 54 movie theater operators across the state. This includes more than $4 million for Milwaukee-based Marcus Theaters. The Marcus Palace Cinema is pictured in Sun Prairie. 
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Evers Sends Wisconsin Movie Theaters $10 Million Lifeline

The list of recipients includes small, independently owned theaters and chains such as Milwaukee-based Marcus Theaters, which was awarded over $4 million.