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Alliance hosts workforce roundtable

July 20th, 2021|

The Alliance hosted more than 25 CEOs for a roundtable discussion with state leaders yesterday on the critical topic of workforce and hiring. Waukesha County business leaders were joined by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Missy Hughes, Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary Joel Brennan and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Amy [...]

Alliance Joins 50 Chambers in Calling For End of $300 Federal Unemployment Benefit

May 18th, 2021|

The Alliance joined 50 chambers of commerce from across the state – including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state chamber – in sending a letter to Gov. Tony Evers and lawmakers urging them to end federal pandemic related unemployment benefit programs that are contributing to Wisconsin’s workforce shortage, and instead use American Rescue Plan funds [...]

Alliance Continues Advocacy Efforts on 94 East-West

April 5th, 2021|

Last week, the Alliance joined a coalition of 25+ organizations urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the timely reevaluation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the reinstatement of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the I-94 East-West reconstruction and expansion project. In addition, the Alliance provided public comments in support of the [...]

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Employer On-Site Clinics & Current Vaccine Eligibility

March 15th, 2021|

Employer On-Site Vaccine Clinic Requests Due This WednesdayBeginning this week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is opening a process for vaccinators to request a dedicated vaccine supply for employer-based closed clinics. The vaccinator will need to submit information, such as the location, timeframe, and number of doses, to seek approval from DHS. Requests [...]

DWD Announces Technical Education Equipment Grants

March 1st, 2021|

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Office of Skills Development (OSD) has released a new Technical Education Equipment Grant Program Announcement (GPA). Under the Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program, up to $559,400 in grant funds is available to Wisconsin school districts to train students for careers in advanced manufacturing. The purpose of the [...]

Alliance Applauds Legislators, Governor for Passing COVID-19 Liability Protection

February 25th, 2021|

Governor Tony Evers has signed Special Session Senate Bill 1 into law, which protects businesses, schools, nonprofits and others from COVID-19 litigation. The bill also begins the process of upgrading the state's unemployment computer infrastructure. Since last summer, the Alliance has advocated for COVID-19 liability protection for organizations, and it is one of the top priorities [...]

Governor Evers Delivers Budget Address

February 23rd, 2021|

Gov. Evers unveiled his 2021-23 state budget last week with a budget address, which kicks off the budget process between the Governor and state legislature. Read more about Wisconsin’s state budget process hereThe proposed $91 billion budget would increase state spending by 7.3 percent the first year and two percent the second year. It would [...]

Alliance Applauds Governor, Legislature on Resolving PPP Tax Issue

February 23rd, 2021|

Gov. Tony Evers has signed Assembly Bill 2 into law, which will protect Wisconsin businesses from paying taxes on their federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. In addition to the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s own advocacy efforts on this legislation, the Alliance participated in a coalition of nearly 50 business associations, led by Wisconsin Manufacturers [...]

Alliance Continues to Oppose PPP Tax for Wisconsin Businesses

February 16th, 2021|

The Alliance, along with groups from around the state, is opposing a nearly half-billion-dollar tax on small businesses that accepted forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that included the PPP loans, the intent was for employers to get the funds tax-free. PPP funds [...]

Alliance Opposes Tax on PPP for Wisconsin Businesses

February 2nd, 2021|

The Alliance, along with many business groups from around the state, is opposing a nearly half-billion-dollar tax on small businesses that accepted forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Congress has already acted to ensure businesses do not have to pay federal taxes on PPP loans, but state lawmakers must do the same to ensure small [...]