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Level the playing field for small businesses

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It is a chance to level the playing field. A bill now before the Wisconsin Assembly seeks to ensure all of the state’s businesses, big and small, are treated equally. When the pandemic began and orders were issued that non-essential businesses be closed, big box stores were able to remain open, while many mom-and-pops had to close. Many small businesses struggled to make payroll without any revenue stream. Some have gone out of business. The decision of which businesses had to close and which could stay open was made well before Covid-19. The state has a list of what it considers essential and what it considers non-essential. Leaders said at the time they couldn’t allow exceptions, they had to follow state statute. That was true. But this bill would change  that, by removing the essential and non-essential designations. All businesses would have to be treated the same. No more winners and losers, according to the Wisconsin Federation of Independent Businesses in Wisconsin. We learned a few things during the pandemic. Hopefully we’ve learned that we shouldn’t have two classes of business during an emergency and allow one to thrive and the other to suffer.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Randy Hubert

    February 9, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Hopefully we learned lock downs did more harm than good. Report from Johns Hopkins University. It would be nice to see you post that.

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