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McGuire brings forward Main Street Recovery Package to help small businesses and working families
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McGuire brings forward Main Street Recovery Package to help small businesses and working families

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State Rep. Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha, on Wednesday introduced the Main Street Recovery Package, a set of legislation aimed at giving tax relief to small businesses and working families affected by the pandemic.

“Small businesses and working families are the backbone of our economy,” McGuire, whose district includes parts of Racine and Mount Pleasant, said in a press release. “Our legislative package is designed to give them tax relief when they need it most.”

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LRB-1732/1 allows individuals to claim their 2019 earned income for 2020 for the purpose of the Earned Income Tax Credit, putting Wisconsin in line with the recently-passed federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, according to the release. This will allow working families to:

  • Avoid having these workers do two calculations — one utilizing their 2019 earned income amount for federal purposes, and a second calculation for their Wisconsin return, using the 2020 earned income amount.

Have a higher earned income credit by using earned income by electing to use their earned income from 2019, prior to the pandemic interrupting their ability to work. LRB-1733/1 would ensure that Wisconsin businesses are not taxed on the state grants

that they received from programs created using federal CARES Act funding, for example — known as the We’re All In program in Wisconsin.

Nearly half of State Street's 150 storefronts were boarded up in Downtown Madison last week. COVID-19 has ravaged the local economy and cost thousands of jobs, especially in the hospitality and retail industries. Looting and vandalism that followed local protests against police violence in Minneapolis, Kenosha and elsewhere caused further damage. What can the city do to bring back its signature shopping and entertainment corridor? Jason Ilstrup, president of Downtown Madison Inc., a business and booster organization, guest stars on this week's podcast, giving Milfred and Hands his prescription for future success. State Street musician Art Paul Schlosser makes a cameo appearance. Milfred and Hands tout this Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal editorial calling for State Street to become a pedestrian mall with more space outside for shops, cafes and public art. That will require moving buses off State Street.    

“During these difficult times, as small businesses and working families are struggling, now more than ever, we need policies that put Main Street businesses and families first,” McGuire said in the press release.

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Kelly Kruse, executive director of Downtown Racine Corp., said in an email that Downtown Racine is the heart of the community.

“A community is only as strong as its core,” she said. “This recovery package is essential in keeping our small businesses open.”

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RACINE — The City of Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department announced that North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., is now open. Life…

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STURTEVANT — The Racine Symphony Orchestra's first Summer Pops concert of its 90th season will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Founta…

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WATERFORD — What better way to enjoy the front end of a summer weekend than by sitting along the banks of the Fox River listening to live music.

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RACINE — The SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center is now open at Pritchard Park, 2800 Ohio St. The center’s regular schedule begins on Wednesda…

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RACINE — The Root River Environmental Education Community Center, 1301 Sixth St., will be open for public kayak and canoe rentals from 10 a.m.…

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WATERFORD — The Village of Waterford will host a Movies in the Park series at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St.

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BRIGHTON — Wisconsin-based traveling theater company Summit Players Theatre is returning to live, outdoor performances and will be performing …

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RACINE — The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., is offering these breakfast and dinner events:

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YORKVILLE — Racine County Breakfast on the Farm will be held in a drive-through format this year.

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CALEDONIA — River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, is offering an Evening Paddle on the Root River on Friday, June 11.

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SOMERS — Have you ever wanted to take a safari through the African savanna? Or travel to India to see some of the exciting wildlife?

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RACINE — Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, a campus of the Racine Art Museum at 2519 Northwestern Ave., continues a significant tradition with the o…

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RACINE — The Racine Heritage Museum's Heritage Walking Tour will return this summer.

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RACINE — Calling all seltzer beer lovers. The Downtown Racine Corp. is hosting its first Seltzer Beer Stroll from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

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Official celebrations of the Juneteenth holiday are planned in the City of Racine and in Burlington, coming up in a little more than two weeks.

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FRANKSVILLE — The Racine Literacy Council is all about expanding literacy skills, and what better way than to have fun with a unique Scrabble …

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BURLINGTON — The Browns Lake Aquaducks present free professional style water-ski shows that include music, ski dancing, ski jumping, barefoot …

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KENOSHA — The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing its 98th season of summer concerts at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park, …

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KENOSHA — The first Pike River Benefit Concert of 2021 will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, June 18, featuring the music of Indigo Canyon at Hawt…

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CALEDONIA — River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, offers daily canoe and kayak rental services for people to paddle on the Root River.

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KENOSHA — The Kenosha Community Sailing Center's seasonal kayak and standup paddle board rental operation is under way.

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Now entering its fourth year in operation, the Burlington Community Aquatic Center opens May 29 for a summer season that officials hope will mark a return to normal crowds of swimmers enjoying the public water park and recreational center. With capacity limits imposed last year to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, attendance was down dramatically, from 39,329 people to 27,732 throughout the season.

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RACINE — Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) will also offer a free drop-in playground program for youth ages 7-14 beginning…

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RACINE — Discounted tickets for popular summer attractions are now available from the City of Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (…

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RACINE — The Downtown Racine Corp. has unveiled its 20th annual public art project featuring 25 decorated bistro table and chairs sets display…

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RACINE — “Component Parts: Artworks Made of Multiple Elements” will be on exhibit June 2 to Feb. 12 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. The…

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RACINE — “Shane McAdams: Yes, And…,” a series of new paintings by Shane McAdams, will be on exhibit through July 17 at OS Projects, 601 Sixth …

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The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will reopen starting Thursday for members, and on Thursday, May 13, for the general public.

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SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside announces the 27th presentation of the “Parkside National Print Exhibition.”

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MILWAUKEE — Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance has announced the highly anticipated lineup of headliners for the 2021 festival.…

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RACINE — Winners have been named in the untraditional exhibition showcasing fluffy, sugarcoated marshmallow Peeps within the award-winning con…

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NORTH FREEDOM — The familiar call of “all aboard” will soon be heard again at Mid Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, following a 17-…

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MILWAUKEE — As a part of the Harley-Davidson Museum’s phased reopening, the museum will soon expand its hours of operation. Beginning Thursday…

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KENOSHA — The Racine Art Guild is back at the Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., with its annual “Spring Juried Exhibit” through May 30.

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SOMERS — Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, in partnership with the Kenosha Public Library, has opened its third StoryWalk trail.

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BRISTOL — Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, invites the public to explore the newly installed spring StoryWalk.

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BROOKFIELD, Ill. — The Brookfield Zoo’s “Dinosaurs Everywhere!” exhibit returns for a limited time through Sept. 6.

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CALEDONIA — The first book of the year is now on display on the Story Trail at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road.

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KENOSHA — The Kenosha Public Market has a new indoor location and expanded hours.

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RACINE — “The Art of the Cup: Variations on Cups from RAM’s Collection” will continue through Aug. 7 at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St.

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