Wisconsin Senator calls for extension on utility protections

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 14:23:24-04

WISCONSIN (NBC 26) -- Senator Lena Taylor is calling on WE Energies and utility companies in Wisconsin to extend the deadline that ends seasonal protection from utility disconnection.

The utility moratorium typically ends on April 15.

As temporary financial constraints due to coronavirus affect families, the Wisconsin Senator realizes many may be unable to pay their utility bill at this time.

"With school closings, families are going to have increased expenses. With social-distancing, business may temporarily lay off workers," said Senator Taylor in release Saturday. "Bottom line, we know there will be financial unintended consequences of the Coronavirus. While federal and state governments work out assistance plans to aid impacted residents, I am asking our local business community to think about how they can be of assistance."

Senator Taylor is asking WE Energies to extend seasonal protection to at least May 15. She is hopeful the current situation will lessen by that time and families will be in a better place financially to pay their utilities.