LA CROSSE/ EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Evers has killed a bill that would have given republican legislators oversight of Wisconsin’s share of billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds. Instead announcing his own plan for distributing the money.
The bill would have forced Evers to submit a plan for spending the money to the legislature’s budget committee and allowed committee members to block initiatives. Republicans control the committee.
Evers said, “If you think about it with, this thing could get wrapped up into one person making an objection in the joint finance committee and send it back for weeks. No. This is the way to do it. We successfully did it last time around and frankly, if anybody is interested in what every dollar of that went, it’s all online and we will continue to be accountable for it.”
Evers said Wisconsin is slated to receive 3.2 billion dollars in federal aid as part of President Joe Biden’s 1.9 trillion-dollar relief package.
The state of Wisconsin surpassed a major milestone in its fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1 million Wisconsinites have completed the vaccination series.
That number accounts for more than 17 percent of the total state’s population.
Nearly three in ten Wisconsinites, or over 1.7 million, have started the vaccination process, with the difference including those who received their first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but not their second.
Dane County has distributed the most in the region with over 115 thousand people who are fully vaccinated.
Vaccines continue to be administered in the Coulee Region.
Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System have each given around 30 thousand first dose shots.
Both health systems are receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, although patients will not be able to choose which COVID-19 vaccine they will be given.
As of this morning, Mayo Clinic still had two thousand appointments open for this week.
Those eligible to get the shot include patients ages 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions, as well as those previously eligible
Eau Claire County has inoculated 21.6 percent of its community members from the virus.
Chippewa County’s figure is at 19.4 percent.
La Crosse County is at 20.8 percent fully vaccinated, Barron County 17.5 percent, and Dunn County has 14.5 percent of its population vaccinated for COVID-19.