AF1 was wheels up from JBA at 10:31 am eastern.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki gaggled with reporters on board for 22 minutes, discussing the infrastructure framework, Biden’s planned trip to Florida on Thursday, Afghanistan and other topics. The gaggle live streamed on the White House website, but let me know if there’s anything you need clarity on.

AF1 was wheels down in La Crosse at 11:12 am central time. (Pool will be using central time as long as we’re in Wisconsin.)

Biden deplaned at 11:23 a.m. He greeted Democratic Rep. Ron Kind, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds on the tarmac, conversing with the trio for about five minutes.

Motorcade is rolling to next stop.

More background from the WH: 

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provided Wisconsin with:

  • $2.53 billion in state fiscal relief
  • $2.32 billion in local fiscal relief
  • More than  $1.59 billion in relief for K-12 schools
  • Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per person provided in December) for more than 3,817,100 adults and 1,368,300 children.  This is 89% of all adults in the state and 88% of all children in the state .
  • Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 1,159,000 children, lifting  46,000 children out of poverty
  • Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 321,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs
  • Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1,410 lower per month for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year

 Wisconsin’s economy is surging back:

  • Wisconsin has added more than  218,000 jobs  since this time last year.
  • Wisconsin’s unemployment rate plummeted from 10.4 percent in May 2020 to just 3.9 percent in May 2021.
  • While Wisconsin’s GDP fell 8.8 percent during the first quarter of 2020, it rose 6 percent during the first quarter of 2021.
  • Last year, 158,000 Wisconsinites reported that children in their household did not have enough to eat. Since then, that number has fallen by 77,000 (or 44%).  
  • Last year, 128,000 renters in Wisconsin were behind on payments. Today, 29,000 (or 23 percent) fewer Wisconsinites are behind on payments.


Last Year

Most Recent


2,641,700 (May `20)

2,860,300 (May `21)

Unemployment Rate

10.4% (May `20)

3.9% (May `21)

GDP Growth

-8.8% (Q1 `20)

6% (Q1 `21)

Renters Behind on Payments

128,000 (12%)

(July `20)


(June `21)

Adults Reporting Children are Hungry

158,000 (11%)

(July `20)

88,000 (7%)

(June `21)

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