The federal stimulus package recently passed by the Senate is expected to help keep businesses in Wisconsin afloat if it becomes law.

But uncertainty clouds the future for many companies in the state, particularly those hit hardest by the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Hotels across the state are drastically cutting staff as guests cancel reservations, while bars, restaurants and small businesses are facing an unprecedented drop in customer traffic.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association President and CEO Kristine Hillmer (pictured here) notes smaller members of the foodservice industry face an “extinction-level threat.” She said many of the provisions in the bill were supported by WRA, including an expansion of unemployment insurance, grants and loans for small businesses and other elements.

“While not perfect, this will go a long way in helping our industry,” she said in a statement.

Scott Stenger, a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Tavern League, says the federal bill “provides a critical bridge for a return to business for our members and our employees.” But he says that hinges on Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order expiring April 24th as planned. Read the full story here.