Wisconsin horseracing polls running months ahead of the Aug. 9 primary show few surprises — but perhaps incongruously — 2022 voter enthusiasm is higher among those least confident about the 2020 election, according to April responses on the Marquette University Law School survey. Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have tripled in the last month, and Milwaukee is seeing its own surge, though hospitalizations and deaths aren’t rising at a similar rate, Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said. A pandemic-related backlog in crime cases has prompted courts across the state to dig out, but an infusion of federal money offers hope, said Chief Justice of Milwaukee County Courts Mary Triggiano. A report by Pew Charitable Trusts showed Wisconsin is one of seven states that doesn’t have an interest rate cap on payday loans — Melody Harvey, a professor of consumer science at UW-Madison, described what happens when a borrower fails to repay such loans.
Director, Marquette Law School survey
- Republicans who are the least confident in the accuracy of the 2020 election are more enthusiastic about voting in 2022, while those who are most confident about the election outcome are less enthusiastic about voting accordingly Poll published on April 27th.
- Franklin: This is within the Republican Party and has real implications for the primary and maybe the general. Those who are the least confident are about 20 points more enthusiastic about voting than Republicans who are confident in the election result. Well, that likely means that the primary voters will be more heavily biased toward the election’s skeptics. And you see that the candidates have to deal with this in their campaigns. But it also means that Republicans who don’t agree the election was stolen might not be enthusiastic enough to back an election-skeptical candidate who carries that into the November election. So it’s something to watch as this split within the party and about a third of Republicans are pretty confident again. Does it hurt you in the fall? , even if it means that the skeptics have the upper hand in the first place?”
Health Commissioner, City of Milwaukee
- As is the case throughout Wisconsin, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Milwaukeewhich has seen “significant increases” over the past two weeks.
- Johnson: “I think the most important thing to recognize is that Covid is here with us, that there is a risk, you have to assess your own risk, but also compare that to what we experienced in December and January. And it’s nothing compared to what we saw mid-wave… But I think the message is that we know how to live with it. We have learned an enormous amount in the last two years. We know that when you are at higher risk you need to be more careful. We know the people and the people know their own risks and how comfortable they are with risks. We know that there are children for whom there is no entitlement [a] Vaccine we expect to arrive later this summer. But I think it’s really about identifying your individual level of risk to your family and then comparing that to the activities you engage in and again knowing that there are many things we can do. I can put on a mask. We can social distance. We can test before we get together with friends or family for a large gathering. So we have tools that we didn’t have before.
chief judge, Milwaukee District Court
- Wisconsin has a backlog of more than 17,000 felony cases in court as of April 25, 2022, including more than 1,600 in Milwaukee. The pandemic closed courthouses and delayed hearings of cases, and they continued to pile up even as conditions eased. Wisconsin is with more than 30 million dollars into federal pandemic relief funds to hire attorneys, court clerks, and clerks to catch up on those cases. In Milwaukee, more than $14.5 million will be used to staff five new courts, including a night court. The chief justice said that money was welcome.
- Triggiano: “I think there is a certain level of hope. I mean everyone knows that we want to ensure fair, just and timely justice. And the backlog weighs pretty heavily on everyone. The judges are working as hard as they can to get these cases moving. The prosecutors, the district attorneys, the public defenders, the clerks and the assistant clerks are all pitching in and trying to figure out how we can move the cases forward as quickly as possible. So this investment gives us an opportunity, I think, to restore some balance to our court system so that we can advance justice at a pace that we all think is appropriate. I think everyone really has hope for that money to come in.
professorUW-Madison Department of Consumer Sciences
- A Policy letter from April 2022 of Pew Charitable Trusts found that Wisconsin is one of seven states that do not cap interest rates on payday loans. Pew showed that Wisconsinits pay an average of $395 in fees when paying off a $500 loan over four months — an interest rate of 338%.
- Harvey: “Payday loans are designed for short-term maturities because proposed “payday” loans are something that would be relied on between payment periods – and the general fact that they are typically small dollar loans, and therefore available for one are less than hundred dollars as opposed to, say, thousands of dollars, as with a personal loan or with a bank or credit union. Given the small dollar amounts, we would like to believe that one would be able to repay them However, given income volatility, numerous other shocks can also occur including potential payday delays resulting in the renewal of this loan… So if you are renewing a payday loan, you are effectively borrowing not only for that initial principal amount, but also the interest on those fees accrued by that initial borrowing.”
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