Unemployment insurance; police spending; racial justice; dairy consolidation; feds head to Milwaukee
Of note: This week we highlight the impact of our reporting on how Wisconsin handles unemployment claims filed by out-of-work people with disabilities.
Bram Sable-Smith, a Wisconsin Watch/WPR fellow, previously reported on an unusual state law barring workers receiving federal disability benefits from collecting unemployment aid. The state Department of Workforce Development pointed to that law in also denying them federal pandemic aid, drawing criticism from labor experts who called the policy flawed and discriminatory. About a week after Sable-Smith’s June report, DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman asked the U.S. Department of Labor for permission to reverse course.
The federal agency granted its approval on Monday, opening up federal aid to potentially hundreds — or even thousands — of the 175,000 working-age Wisconsinites who rely on disability benefits to supplement their income.
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Following denials, laid-off Wisconsin workers with disabilities now eligible for federal pandemic aid
Wisconsin Watch/WPR — July 28, 2020
Federal government gives Wisconsin its blessing to reverse a policy that had blocked assistance to jobless workers receiving disability aid.
Defund the police? Milwaukee eyes future amid Black Lives Matter protests, coronavirus budget crunch
Wisconsin Watch — July 25, 2020
Milwaukee activist Annia Leonard wants a safe community without police, and she draws from her own experience when thinking about what that could be: like the time a conflict at her grandmother’s house ended peacefully in a garden — without anyone in handcuffs.
‘The people just want to be heard’: A Milwaukee mother and son discuss racial justice and education during the pandemic.
Wisconsin Watch/WPR — July 29,2020
Adija Greer-Smith is rarely alone these summer mornings when she drives to her Milwaukee bakery, Confectionately Yours. Her oldest son, Xavier Smith, offers conversation while riding shotgun.
USDA report describes fast-paced consolidation in dairy industry, centered in the Midwest
Wisconsin Public Radio — July 30, 2020
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows how consolidation in the dairy industry continues to play out in Wisconsin and other dairy states. It found that the pace of consolidation in dairy “far exceeds” the rate seen in most other agriculture sectors.
More than 25 federal agents coming to Milwaukee as part of ‘Operation Legend’
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — July 28, 2020
More than 25 federal agents will be coming to Milwaukee as part of Operation Legend, a program aimed at addressing violent crime, Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. attorney for Wisconsin’s Eastern District, said Wednesday. The earlier announcement that federal agents would be coming to the city caught elected leaders in Wisconsin by surprise and raised concerns about the agents’ purpose.
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