When the worldwide pandemic entered Wisconsin, I worked quickly to set partisan politics aside and communicate clearly, and regularly, with constituents. Afterall, pandemics aren’t partisan, and a good legislator doesn’t politicize a public health crisis– she helps her constituents know what they need to know to be safe.
I launched a near-daily newsletter, a letter that received national recognition for being sensitive and effective, and immediately began work behind the scenes on behalf of small businesses and sole proprietors and independent contractors, because as a small business owner, I knew they were likely to take hard hits. I also moved swiftly into action to work toward a safer voting program during the pandemic.
My caucus fought to eliminate the 7-day waiting period for unemployment, pushing the republicans to hurry up and vote, only to see them delay the vote which resulted in Wisconsin losing $25M in unemployment assistance from the federal government.
I also proposed amendments for vote-by-mail during the pandemic, child care assistance, and small business aid. Republicans shot down all three amendments.
And, after negotiating a COVID-19 related worker’s comp for first responders, the Republicans threw a last minute curve ball at us 10 minutes before the vote and eliminated this help. I voted to protect front line workers – every single Republican voted to take away their COVID-19 worker’s comp.