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Member Message

Dear Oshkosh Chamber Members:


Gov. Evers delivered a body-blow to the business community yesterday when he issued a four-week extension to his “Safer at Home” Order through Memorial Day. Following this announcement, the expressions of disappointment and genuine concern that I received from our members, especially small businesses, is something I have never seen in my 30-plus years at the Chamber. Health and safety for our family, friends, and employees is the greatest concern for all of us. That goes without saying. People have been asked to sacrifice, put their lives on hold and put their businesses at stake to ensure this virus is contained. And they did. The trend looks encouraging. However, now it is time to transition from not only protecting lives, but to protecting livelihoods. Many small businesses have risked it all and now are being put into a position to possibly lose it all. That is simply unacceptable. In the days to come, you will probably witness some of the worse politics that we have seen since ACT 10. The State Legislature will probably attempt a legislative fix and there will most likely be a legal challenge to the Governor’s authority to extend this Order. In the meantime, I would urge you to connect with our state representatives to weigh in on this issue. Here are their email addresses:

 

State Senator Dan Feyen - Sen.Feyen@legis.wi.gov

Assembly Representative Gordon Hintz - rep.hintz@legis.wi.gov

Assembly Representative Michael Schraa - Rep.Schraa@legis.wi.gov

Assembly Representative Mike Rohrkaste – Rep.Rohrkaste@legis.wi.gov 

 

Despite the Governor’s action, we will continue urging the Governor and lawmakers to create a plan to reopen our state in a way that protects health and livelihoods at the same time. If you haven’t done so, please sign the petition to the Governor and lawmakers at https://www.wmc.org/restart/. Also, if you haven’t read it, the new order does have some differences from the current order. You can read it here


On a parallel track, President Trump outlined new federal guidelines - Opening Up America Again - for opening-up the country that will put the onus on state governors to decide how to restart state businesses. To review these guidelines - https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/


Stimulus checks are already on the way—well, at least the direct deposit version of the payments. If you want to know when you're going to get paid, the IRS now has an online tool that lets you check the status of your stimulus check. It's called the "Get My Payment" tool, and you can find it on the IRS website at irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

 

Lastly, in case you missed it, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce presented a Virtual Town Hall webinar featuring Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, Attorney Jim Macy, and Wisconsin Business Development Senior Vice President Jason Monnett. We have made available online a full video capture of the webinar. The video is one hour in length. Please click here for the video. 


John Casper

President & CEO

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce