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Wisconsin Will Get $700M Less In Federal COVID-19 Aid Than Expected

Evers, Baldwin Urge Treasury To Reconsider Spliting Aid Into 2 Payments

The sun shines on the Wisconsin State Capitol
The Wisconsin State Capitol on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Wisconsin will receive $700 million less than initially expected in federal coronavirus relief money and it will arrive in two payments a year apart.

Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday called that news problematic.

The state was informed Monday of the split in payments, and that it will receive $2.5 billion in total instead of the $3.2 billion the Congressional Research Office initially estimated.

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Evers and Baldwin on Tuesday asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to reconsider dividing the payments into two.

They say it will hurt the state’s ability to quickly help those hurt most by the pandemic.