MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Bickering between Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans over face masks goes to price Wisconsin hundreds of thousands extra in meals help than first thought.
The Legislature first discovered a couple of months in the past that Wisconsin stood to lose $50 million in meals help each month and not using a coronavirus well being order.
That quantity has since grown.
The day after Governor Evers’ masks order was struck down, the U.S. Division of Agriculture really elevated the quantity folks getting meals help qualify for.
And not using a statewide order in place, folks receiving assist with their groceries is not going to get any extra assist.
“They might actually say we have got a public well being emergency within the State of Wisconsin solely for assist with meals,” mentioned Feeding American Japanese Wisconsin Vice President of Authorities Relations Maureen Fitzgerald.
Timing is all the pieces, and the state Supreme Courtroom’s choice to overturn the statewide masks order could not have come at a worse time.
“You wanted to have a public well being emergency on the state stage and a public well being emergency on the federal stage,” mentioned Fitzgerald.
The agriculture division accepted more cash for folks getting assist with their groceries the day after that call. With no settlement from state lawmakers on a brand new well being order, the state will lose out on $70 million in meals help beginning in Could.
“The minute they try this our Division of Well being Companies must go to the USDA, please permit these of us in Wisconsin to get the assistance they deserve,” mentioned Fitzgerald.
“I will proceed to combat for sources however I would like it for use properly and I believe this might be a really unwise choice to not discover out a method to get that cash,” mentioned U.S. Consultant Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin 2).
Pocan mentioned it is irritating to approve cash for the state from Congress solely to see it go to waste. He places the blame solely on the state’s Republicans.
“To take an motion to price us $70 million a month in meals advantages is actually unconscionable,” mentioned Pocan.
Republican state lawmakers handed a measure to get the advantages again after they tried overturning the masks order months in the past, however Democratic Governor Tony Evers vetoed it. Wisconsin is now left at an deadlock over lunch cash.
The additional cash would give $90 a month to 700,000 folks throughout the state.
With out it, folks can nonetheless go to native meals pantries, however they’re stretched as nicely.