Despite a record-low unemployment rate, Republican lawmakers want to make it harder for unemployed and low-income people to access public assistance under the guise of addressing the worker shortage.
Kleefisch says Evers’ “leadership stinks” but acknowledges small businesses are recovering “far faster than we ever could have hoped.”
The vote to override Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of the bill failed along party lines. The boost will remain until its original September expiration date.
Labor expert: It used to take 11 questions to apply for jobless help. Now it’s more than 120, using an understaffed office and an antiquated computer system.
Governor follows through on State of the State message to upgrade system that led to massive backlog, while also declaring 2021 the Year of Broadband Access in yearly speech.
A payment backlog still persists and the $600 boost has expired.
Proposal comes as unemployment for June drops to 8.5 percent and backlog hovers around 141,000 unemployment claims.
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