Wisconsin News Briefs

Wisconsin DMV extends hours ahead of primary

Steps to obtain an ID to vote explained

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will extend hours next week at customer service centers that are open on Monday (August 8) and/or Tuesday (August 9). These centers will remain open until 6 p.m. The extended hours will enable those needing a photo ID, frequently those who are new to the state, time to visit a DMV.

Most Wisconsin voters already have some form of ID to show at the polls, including a Wisconsin driver license or ID. There is no separate “voter ID” and a federally compliant REAL ID card is not required for voting purposes. The Wisconsin Elections Commission explains the acceptable options to bring to the polls on its website.

EPA Awards Children’s Health Protection Grant to Milwaukee Public Schools

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $200,000 grant to Milwaukee Public Schools to create a healthy, outdoor learning environment for students living in low-income and minority communities in Milwaukee.

“We know that learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door. That’s why EPA supports projects that encourage healthy learning both inside and outside of the classroom,” said EPA Regional Administrator Debra Shore. “By creating accessible outdoor spaces, Milwaukee Public Schools is trailblazing an innovative approach to education.”

During the pandemic, Milwaukee Public Schools incorporated outdoor learning into its schoolyards. With this funding, Milwaukee Public Schools will train school staff and community members how to use the newly constructed green spaces, outdoor classrooms, traffic gardens and fitness stations. The grant will also provide support to integrate redeveloped schoolyards into school health plans.

The purpose of EPA’s grant program is to address disproportionate children’s environmental health harms and risks in school and childcare settings in low-income and minority communities. The funding is provided directly to organizations to support schools and childcare centers in efforts to help their communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children.

MPS Foundation Launches Back-to-School Supply Drive

No Empty Backpacks is an annual campaign to raise money to support MPS families purchasing supplies for the upcoming school year

The seventh annual No Empty Backpacks School Supplies Drive is launching today and runs through September 16, 2022.

MPS Foundation, a separate 501c3, works directly with Milwaukee Public Schools to ensure that supplies get into the hands of the students and families that need them the most. Unfortunately, the reality is that the need never wholly goes away, so supplies will be delivered to schools before and after the start of school. The money raised will give students a backpack full of supplies, including notebooks, calculators, pencils, highlighters, and more.

US Department of Labor finds Appleton roofing contractor again exposing workers to potentially deadly fall hazards; proposes $94K in fines

OSHA cites Lopez Roofing for failing to train workers on using fall protection

APPLETON, WI – Despite the potentially deadly consequences of its actions, an Appleton contractor allowed three roofers to work at heights up to 18 feet without anchoring their fall protection, making it useless in preventing serious or fatal injuries.

A U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector observed the unsafe conditions on May 11, 2022, as the workers removed materials from a residential roof in Sheboygan.

OSHA has cited their employer, Lucio Perez Lopez – operating as Lopez Roofing – for exposing workers to falls and for failing to train them on how to use fall protection effectively. The agency issued one repeat and one serious violation, and proposed penalties of $94,263. OSHA cited Lopez Roofing for similar violations twice between 2014 and 2017, making this the fifth time the agency has discovered the company flouting the law.