It is with gratitude that I prepare for a second term in the State Assembly as your representative. Thank you to all who voted.
As my colleagues and I consider policies for action, COVID-19 is in the forefront. COVID-19, and mandated closures, has caused exhausting days of isolation and despair for all. Let me extend my sympathy to those who have lost loved ones during these months.I hope that we can learn to live safely with this virus and keep our businesses and schools open, and safely gather again soon.
Increased challenges of mental health, abuse, suicide, loss of work, loss of businesses, loss of school routines, and certainly loss of companionship and all the “Wisconsin nice” of being together weighs heavy. There is help through local resources for food or shelter needs – call 211. Also available, NAMI Racine County is ready to assist with mental health care needs, and please reach out to them if you are feeling the despair and darkness of this challenging time. Virtual and “In Person” support groups are available. Call Racine Crisis Services at 638-6741, Suicide Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or NAMI helpline at 800-950-6264.
As healthcare professionals and I have met to discuss the needs of our community I have been encouraged by the planning and careful preparation taken to guide us through the pandemic. We have learned so much about COVID-19 since early 2020 and I am grateful for the regular updates from our healthcare community during this time.
Over these past months my staff and I have worked with residents seeking help to obtain their unemployment benefits, regrettably the backlog at the Department of Workforce Development still exists. We urged workforce changes to expedite the application process but processing still lags. If you or someone you know still needs their unemployment benefits please let us know and we'll work to help.
Now as we are able to look forward to a time of Thanksgiving, let's remember to follow health precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. I wish each of you good health and wellbeing.
Robert O. Wittke, Jr. State Representative 62nd Assembly District Madison Office: (608) 266-0731
We each have a role to play in managing COVID that relies on partnering with healthcare providers, government, and the public. We assess our own risk and personally manage our health and whether we stay home or go out. Personally, I’m choosing to follow guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) and I encourage you to follow them as well by staying home if sick, washing hands often, stay six feet away from others when out and about, wear a mask when required, being mindful of those most vulnerable to disease and using caution to keep them safe.
The CDC currently advises that common COVID-19 symptoms widely range and can be mild to severe.
Fever or chills;
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
Muscle or body aches;
New loss of taste or smell;
Congestion or runny nose;
Nausea or vomiting; and,
The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid close contact with people (if possible, maintain 6 feet of distance from others).
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Wear a mask when appropriate.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Monitor your health daily (be alert for symptoms).
GOP COVID-19 INITIATIVES
I am encouraged that Legislative Leadership from both houses had a productive discussion with Governor Evers recently, and that more conversations are planned after Thanksgiving. This is an important step for Wisconsin and my hope is that this work will meet the challenges of this health emergency without impinging on individuals rights.
Wittke In-District Meetings
Legislators spend most of their time and effort working in their respective districts with organizations and individuals on matters of importance to all. Recently, Rep. Wittke was with two different organizations for discussions on local and state matters of interest.
Business Matters Chat – Rep. Wittke was guest presenter with the Racine Manufacturers and Commerce discussing legislative issues and answering questions from ZOOM participants. Topics ranged from current legislative affairs and budget matters for the coming session to how area businesses are managing during the COVID crisis.
RUSD Board of Education Legislative Committee invited Rep. Wittke for a time of open dialogue on a broad scope of topics like pupil counts, transportation aid, and staffing matters. It was a good conversation and Rep. Wittke looks forward to further discussions with the group.
And did you know?
Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) has launched the Open for Business Listing Tool. More than 140 Racine County businesses are using the site to highlight their hours of operation. This Saturday, November 28th, is small business "Shop Small". You can use this tool to locate area small businesses for your "Shop Small" opportunities.
A number of constituents have contacted us regarding voting irregularities and concerns about the election process.
With an eye toward improving our state election processes, the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections is investigating concerns and irregularities reported by state residents. If you want to add to the list of complaints, concerns or allegations you may use the email address below, or click here.