“(17m) Child care grant programs and Wisconsin Shares.
In this subsection:
“Pandemic” means the pandemic resulting from the novel strain of 23
“Public health emergency” means the public health emergency declared on 2
March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, including any extension under s. 323.10.
(b) Critical workforce child care grant program.
1. In this paragraph:
“Critical workforce member” means an employee, contractor, or other staff 6
person working in a vital sector, including health care; child welfare; long-term care; 7
residential care; pharmacy; child care; government operations; critical 8
infrastructure, such as sanitation, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, 9
grocery, and food services; supply chain operations; and other sectors as determined 10
by the department of children and families.
“First responder” means an employee of or volunteer for an agency that 12
provides fire fighting, law enforcement, medical, or other emergency services.
2. The department of children and families may make grants available to 14
entities that employ, contract with, or have as volunteers critical workforce members 15
to help pay for or reimburse critical child care costs. Eligible child care costs are those 16
child care costs that are due to the pandemic and that are incurred during the public 17
health emergency. Critical child care costs include the cost to establish a temporary 18
facility to provide care and supervision for children of critical workforce members or 19
the cost to pay for a slot in an existing facility that provides care and supervision of 20
children. The department shall prioritize grants that assist health care workers and 21
first responders and may award grants that assist other critical workforce members 22
at its discretion.
The department of children and families may make grants available to child 24
care providers certified under s. 48.651, child care centers licensed under s. 48.65, 25
provisionally licensed under s. 48.69, or established or contracted for under s. 120.13
(14), and individual educators to pay for providing care and supervision for children 2
of critical workforce members during the public health emergency. The department 3
shall prioritize grants that assist health care workers and first responders and may 4
award grants that assist other critical workforce members at its discretion.
(c) Grant program for child care hazard pay.
The department of children and 6
families may make monthly grants available to child care providers certified under 7
s. 48.651, child care centers licensed under s. 48.65, provisionally licensed under s. 8
48.69, or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14), and individual educators 9
to pay for providing hazard pay to employees who work during the public health 10
emergency. Whether or not a child care center, child care provider, or individual 11
educator provides child care services to individuals who are eligible for subsidies 12
under s. 49.155 does not impact eligibility for grants under this paragraph.
(d) Grant program for closure of child care centers or providers.
department of children and families may make monthly grants available to child 15
care providers certified under s. 48.651 and child care centers licensed under s. 48.65, 16
provisionally licensed under s. 48.69, or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 17
(14) that cease operating because of the pandemic during the public health 18
emergency. Grants under this paragraph may be made only to cover costs of lost 19
revenue from child care services that would otherwise have been provided to 20
individuals who are not eligible for child care subsidies under s. 49.155 and only if 21
those individuals are not charged for child care services while the child care provider 22
or child care center is closed during the public health emergency.
(e) Program criteria and guidelines.
The department of children and families 24
may establish eligibility criteria and guidelines for administering the programs 25
under pars. (b) to (d), which, notwithstanding ss. 227.01 (3m) and (13), 227.10, and
227.112, need not be promulgated as rules under ch. 227, are not guidance 2
documents, and are not subject to the requirements of s. 227.112.
3(f) Expanded Wisconsin Shares program.
Notwithstanding programmatic and eligibility requirements under s. 49.155 5
and rules promulgated under that section, to the extent authorized under a plan 6
amendment, waiver, or other federal approval under subd. 2., the department of 7
children and families may expand eligibility so that an individual who needs child 8
care services due to the pandemic may receive a subsidy under s. 49.155 for child care 9
services received during the public health emergency.
No later than 60 days after the effective date of this subdivision, the 11
department shall submit to the federal department of health and human services 12
any request for a state plan amendment, waiver, or other federal approval necessary 13
to expand eligibility, as determined by the department, for the child care subsidy 14
program under s. 49.155 to individuals who need child care services due to the 15
pandemic. If the federal department approves the request or if no federal approval 16
is necessary, the department may expand eligibility for the child care subsidy 17
program under s. 49.155 as provided under subd. 1. If the federal department 18
disapproves the request, the department may not expand eligibility for the child care 19
subsidy program under s. 49.155 as provided under subd. 1.”.
“(24m) Foundations of Reading test requirements; public health emergency
(a) In this subsection:
“Emergency period” means the period beginning on the date the governor 2
declared the public health emergency and ending 60 days after the public health 3
“Public health emergency” means the public health emergency declared on 5
March 12, 2020, by executive order 72.
The requirement under s. 118.19 (14) (a) does not apply to an application 7
for an initial teaching license that is received by the department of public instruction 8
during the emergency period.”.
“(28m) Emergency assistance to small businesses.
In this subsection:
“Corporation” means the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
“COVID-19 public health emergency” means the public health emergency 14
declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, including any extension under 15
16(b) Grants to regional economic development organizations.
From the appropriation under s. 20.192 (1) (a), the corporation shall award 18
grants to regional economic development organizations under this paragraph.
Each regional economic development organization receiving a grant under 20
subd. 1. shall use all grant moneys to award grants to small businesses in this state 21
that satisfy all of the following:
The business ceased operations as a result of the COVID-19 public health 23
The business regularly employs 50 or fewer employees.
The business demonstrates a need for cash flow to pay its payroll, rent, 2
utilities, or other expenses.
The business demonstrates a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 4
public health emergency.
No business may receive more than a total of $10,000 in grants under this 6
7(c) Low-interest loans to small businesses.
From the appropriation under s. 20.192 (1) (a), the corporation shall award 9
low-interest loans to small businesses in this state that satisfy all of the following:
The business ceased operations as a result of the COVID-19 public health 11
The business regularly employs 100 or fewer employees.
The business demonstrates a need for cash flow to pay its payroll, rent, 14
utilities, or other expenses.
The business demonstrates a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 16
public health emergency.
No business may receive more than a total of $200,000 in loans under this 18
Notwithstanding s. 238.124 (1), each loan under this paragraph shall be 20
forgivable beginning 2 years after loan origination if the borrower satisfies employee 21
retention requirements established by the corporation.
22(d) Appropriation increase.
Notwithstanding s. 20.192 (1) (a), each dollar 23
amount shown in that appropriation is increased by $30,000,000 in fiscal year 24
2019-20 to provide assistance to small businesses under this subsection, and the 25
corporation may expend $30,000,000 from that appropriation for purposes of this
subsection notwithstanding the unencumbered balance in the appropriation account 2
under s. 20.192 (1) (r).”.
5(1) Tourism marketing.
In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for the 6
appropriation to the department of tourism under s. 20.380 (1) (b), the dollar amount 7
for fiscal year 2020-21 is increased by $5,000,000 to be used for the regional 8
destination marketing organization grant program under s. 41.11 (6) and the joint 9
effort marketing program under s. 41.17.
10(2) UW System; general program operations.
In the schedule under s. 20.005 11
(3) for the appropriation to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin 12
System under s. 20.285 (1) (a), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2019-20 is increased 13
by $59,000,000 to increase funding for the purpose for which the appropriation is 14