Kind supports measures assisting workers, business owners hurt by COVID-19
Lives in America are about to seriously change due to the Coronavirus.
Tuesday afternoon, Governor Tony Evers mandated that all restaurants and bars in Wisconsin close effective at 5 PM and banned any gatherings over 10 people.
Asked about the frustration from those feeling the effects, Congressman Ron Kind said this at a press conference yesterday
“We’re going to be asked to do things that are outside of our comfort zone that’s going to be very irritating for a while,” Kind said. “How bad this gets is really going to depend on our individual reactions to this. If we listen to the best medical advice that’s being handed out right now, we’re going to be able to recover from this.”
President Donald Trump in recent press briefings has said he wants to send out checks to each American to help people get through the economic downturn that COVID-19 is likely to cause.
Kind seemed supportive of that type of measure.
“It gets the money out the door and into people’s pockets immediately. Without tax credits or without having to sign up for any programs,” Kind said. We did that after 9/11 and we got the money out the door real quick and helped the slide economically.”
A bill recently passed by the House would make all tests for the virus-free of charge, increases unemployment insurance benefits, and puts less pressure on employees to provide specific services.
“Reimbursing businesses who offer sick leave for those who are impacted by the virus or some loved one they have to take care of,” Kind said. “There will be 14 days of paid sick leave, and then 12 weeks of Paid Family and Medical Leave.”
Kind challenged the young and healthy to not congregate and join in mass gatherings, even though they feel fine.