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Member Update
Restarting Wisconsin's Economy 
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, along with 18 other statewide business associations and 33 local chambers of commerce, sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers calling on his administration to put together a plan that allows the state’s economy to get moving again starting on April 24. If you agree that Wisconsin needs to restart its economy, click here to sign on to WMC’s letter.

U.S. Chamber Implementing a National Return to Work Plan Memorandum Earlier this week, a memorandum from U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark outlining the organization's initial thoughts on potential strategies for implementing a National Return to Work Plan was issued detailing recommendations across three different sections:
  1. Essential Services and Resources
  2. Resolution of Regulatory and Legal Liability Issues
  3. Support for Businesses and Individuals 
The U.S. Chamber hopes that by exploring and cataloguing some of the major implications of returning to work in this environment, we can help business and government better anticipate the challenges we may face.

Session of Wisconsin Assembly The State Assembly convened today, half in person and socially distanced, and half virtually, to pass legislation related to COVID-19. The legislation, AB 1038, passed on a 97-2 vote, and now goes to the Senate. The focus of the bill was to build off of what has passed at the federal level.    

It includes important items, like a temporary lifting of the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits, expansion of work share eligibility for employers, and very narrow limitations on legal liability for manufacturers of PPE provided those manufacturers give away their product at cost or for free, and waiving of interest and penalties for late property tax payments through October 1 if both the taxpayer’s local and county government approve of the waiver on a case-by-case basis. More to come on this latter.   

Update from The White House The Trump Administration is working to deliver CARES Act funding with unprecedented speed and accuracy to local governments, small businesses, and working Americans impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. Yesterday, the Department of the Treasury launched a web portal to facilitate the disbursement of CARES Act funding to State, Local, and Tribal governments.  Additionally, the Treasury Department released an updated Paycheck Protection Program FAQ Sheet. President Trump continues to call on Congress to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program that is supporting hundreds of thousands of small businesses and millions of Americans. Finally, this week alone over 80 million eligible Americans are set to receive direct payments– providing immediate economic relief for families during the coronavirus outbreak.   

Oshkosh Chamber Resources The Oshkosh Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing our members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to utilize and share the following items as you see fit: https://www.oshkoshchamber.com/coronavirus/   

John Casper 
President & CEO 
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce 
920-303-2265 Ext. 18