WEEK OF July 6, 2020
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Thanks to your generosity, we are able to encourage travelers to  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels with this special online auction! 
WH&LA LIVE WEBINAR
July 13 at 3 pm

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July 15 @ 12 PM
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WISCONSIN NEWS
Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored lame-duck laws
Associated Press
The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019.
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Layoffs posted for 400 Milwaukee, Madison hotel workers, 1,300 Miller Park and Lambeau Field food service workers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Around 400 hotel employees in Milwaukee and Madison, and another 1,300 food service workers at Miller Park and Lambeau Field, are losing their jobs - the latest in a series of Wisconsin hospitality industry layoffs tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Madison delivers sharp cuts to tourism marketing, Monona Terrace, Overture Center
Wisconsin State Journal
With hotel room tax revenues projected to fall by 50% due to COVID-19's impact on travel and leisure spending, Madison's Room Tax Commission on Tuesday reluctantly made roughly $10 million in cuts to tourism marketing and to funding for Monona Terrace, the Overture Center and others.
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Gov. Tony Evers tries to revive long-stalled I-94 project in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
 Tony Evers is trying to revive a nearly $1 billion on-again, off-again construction project to rebuild Interstate 94 between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges in Milwaukee.  
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Update on timing of processing We're All In Small Business Grant applications

Since the We're All In Small Business Grant Program application period closed on June 26, WEDC staff have been working as quickly as possible to process the more than 30,000 applications that were received.
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Ryder Cup: Updated Event Information
Travel Daily News
The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.
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3 companies partner for Sheraton recapitalization
Hotel Management
Hotel company Woodmont Lodging, real estate investment firm Blue Vista Capital Management and Milestone Companies-a real estate development company specializing in hotel assets-have announced the joint venture recapitalization of the 388-room Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Wisconsin. 
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4 Wisconsin resorts named among best in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Four Wisconsin resorts have been named among the top 10 resort hotels in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure as part of the magazine's 2020 World's Best Awards. Wisconsin had more resorts on the list than any other state in the Midwest. 
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Everybody is really looking to escape' as summer tourism destinations fill up with visitors
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
The docks at Clear Water Harbor on the Chain O' Lakes near Waupaca are busier than Caitlin Meighan has ever seen. 
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Businesses invited to participate in new round of COVID-19 impact survey
NATIONAL NEWS
Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has reopened
Small Business Administration
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 
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SCOTUS Rejects Review Of Salary History Defense To Pay Equity Claims
Fisher Phillips
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the question of whether employers can use prior salary history as a defense in equal pay claims, leaving an open question around the country about whether such a justification is a viable option.
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AHLA Launches Training Course for Safe Stay Guidelines
Lodging Magazine 
To further expand the hotel industry's  Safe Stay initiative, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced "COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels," an online course developed in partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and created to help hotels train their staffs on the enhanced safety and cleanliness guidelines.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy Declines After 11 Consecutive Weeks of Gains
Lodging Magazine
U.S. hotel performance data for the week of June 28 through July 4, 2020, showed a slight decline in occupancy from the  previous week , according to STR.
WH&LA NEWS 
Insider newsletter to be sent on Wednesdays
WH&LA 
Starting on July 15, the Insider newsletter will be sent out each Wednesday.    Update your membership information to ensure you and your key staff members are receiving the  Insider newsletter and other WH&LA communications .
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Register Now for WH&LA's Virtual Town Hall with Speaker Vos
WH&LA
Join us from 3 - 3:30 pm on Monday, July 13 for the first Virtual Town Hall featuring Speaker Robin Vos. Please submit your questions for Speaker Vos with your registration or email directly to WH&LA prior noon on Monday. 
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In case you missed it: WH&LA Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels Online Auction is Open for Bidding
WH&LA
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that our  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels  online  auction  is now open for bidding! New items will be added throughout the auction encouraging bidders to check back and bid on a variety of packages.
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Reminder: Call for WH&LA Stars of the Industry Nominations
WH&LA
It's time to submit your choices for the best of the Wisconsin lodging industry in 2020 including Innkeeper of the Year, Corporate Champion of the Year, Associate of the Year, and Spirit of Hospitality Awards.