Legislature plans to pass unemployment extension


Madison—Today Governor Walker released the following statement regarding the Legislature’s action to extend unemployment benefits:

I support the Legislature continuing to move forward to extend unemployment benefits. I will sign the bill when it gets to my desk. I am pleased the Legislature has chosen to take up this legislation, which I called for earlier this year.

While this will provide relief to those who could use a helping hand, taking this action underscores the importance of the need to enact pro-growth policies that create an environment where the private sector can create 250,000 new jobs.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature plans to pass a bill next week that will make federal unemployment benefits available for an additional 13 weeks.

The bill was approved by two legislative committees following a joint public hearing Monday in advance of the Legislature taking it up on July 19. Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign it.

The extended federal unemployment benefits are designed to serve as a last-ditch safety net for an unemployed person who has exhausted all other state and federal benefits. They're available after a person has received unemployment for about a year and a half.

Up to 40,000 people are estimated by the state to be eligible for the $363 a week in benefits.

The extended benefits would apply retroactively from their end date in April.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Clayton V on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:24 AM
    Sign me up, boy, I am ready! Anyway to get it if you still have a job but realy hate it?
  • by jj Location: bloomer on Jul 12, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    is it just me or are the republicans crying now cause THEY didn't get their way. the tables have turned. lol
  • by Tankman Location: Eau Claire on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    More reason why Wisconsin needs the AZ law, when are they going to do it?
  • by to Joe Location: chetek on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    I wish Joe would list all the job opening's he knows about. I have turned in hundreds of job application and still do not have a job. Try to find a job at the age of 60 and see how far you get.
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      by Carmen on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:02 PM in reply to to Joe
      Try age 50, not much better. And I am highly educated and experienced. Took me six months to find an entry level job in my field (and I have 30 years experience!). Employers are making a killing lowering the wage levels. I have spoke with at least a dozen people in my field alone from my former emplyer who lost thier jobs last year. All of us over age 50, all at the top of the pay scale and with multiple weeks of built up vacation time. Is this age or wage discrimination? No attorney wants to touch this case as it is so hard to prove, but we all know the truth. Wage sinking in entry level jobs may be a problem, esp as related to illegal immigration maybe, but now the middle class proffesionals are also being effected. I personaly didn't pay too much attention when the uneducated factory workers got laid off, but boy, now I understand thier pain. Maybe I shouldn't have felt so smug.
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        by Bill on Jul 13, 2011 at 08:42 AM in reply to Carmen
        Happenned to me too Carmen. Thought I was doing a good job for my hospital. I had over 28 years in as an RN. My story sounds the same as yours. I thought that being experienced and loyal to a company was supposed to mean something(esp to a supposedly religious institution), but I guess its all greed. Amazing that the people who let me go are also in my age bracket(at least those in upper management), how do they sleep with themselves at night? Have they taken a 47% pay cut? Are they unable to go with the rest of thier family on vacation this summer (like me) as they no longer have any vacation time? My hospital gave me the pay and benefits I was making, I did not ever ask for them (there is no nursing union in Eau Claire), but how easy it was to decide people like me were a liability. One last thought. People who toss away employees on a whim for fiscal gain, do they ever stop to ponder what they di to the self esteem of people like me? What they did to our families? How they have horribly hurt our futures? All I know is that I no longer like going to work and I feel like half the man I once did. There is a hollow empty spot in my soul.
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          by Gene on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to Bill
          Hang in there Bill. Don't get too depresssed, you still have your family. I know it isn't fair or right, but in the end you are the one with the Christian values unlike some local organizations that hypocriticaly say they do. Do your best, hold your head up high and look to the future, even if that future only is your death reward for a job well done as a person. Those who do these things to us will have to sort out those choices with the Almighty. Don't get vengeful or overly angry about this and your place in Heaven is assured. I too was in a similar situation where I actualy thought about going "postal". I had many years in a certain job and the last year I was there it seemmed like nothing I did was right and ever excuse was made to have something bad go into my personel file. Finaly they let me go and I was devestated, but I should have seen it coming. It seemed like they wanted me to quit, that they were encourageing it so my top pay and benefits would go with me. As a man, that choice (to become physicaly violent) feels right somehow, but I too am a Christian and that got me through. I do understand though, how another person in a similar situation without my support system might have gone and done the wrong thing. You'll be okay, just cling to your family and your maker. You are the one who is right here, even if you have been unfairly punished.
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        by Gene on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:34 PM in reply to Carmen
        I think I know who you are speaking of and if its the same place I went to the ER with my kidney stone, I say sue them anyway you can! For what they charged me, they should have been able to pay for top skilled help as yourself. Instead all I got were RNs in thier early 20s. Maybe they knew what they were doing, maybe not, but they sure knew how to text outside my room!! People from our(?) generation have a strong work ethic, not sure the young (and cheaper?) help does. All I know is that even after my insurance paid this place still demands 4 figures in cash for my three hours there. Like I said, not sure what they are doing with thier money but its not being used for experienced staff. How sad.
  • by Dan on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    this depression is far from over. Young smart aleck kids running others down, what a shame. help your brother along, you may be on the bottom next. the workers paid for there unemployment. shallow and crude comments
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Two years is just to much.
  • by Walker Joke Location: Wisconsin on Jul 12, 2011 at 02:06 AM
    What a joke more free money to the people who are doing nothing. What incentive is there to get a job. Lets take more money from the working class and give to the lazy uneducated bums. Go Walker Go Socialism!!!
  • by Ban Public Unions on Jul 11, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    If you pay people to sit home & watch TV, you will get more people to sit home & watch TV for even longer.
  • by SadButTrue Location: Eau Claire on Jul 11, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    It is sad but true that having almost 2 YEARS of unemployment benefits available is a complete joke. There are jobs galore out there, but because they don't "measure up" to the job that was lost, they're just dismissed out of hand in favor of the free ride. We've de-incentivized the idea of pounding the pavement to take whatever's out there and working one's way up from there, by having all these catch-all safety net programs that make it easier to be picky than to get in there and kick some of those illegals out of their busboy, dishwasher, tree-trimmer, construction go-fer, furniture assembly, and dairy farm jobs! I feel for those who have lost jobs and are playing the game honestly and busting their butts working where they can to try to keep up with their obligations; that said, there are too many who are waiting for the silver platter to arrive with the exactly perfect wage/benefit package on it... I, for one, would LOVE to see Americans working jobs that are now being worked by foreigners, and thereby bringing up the wage/benefit packages at the so-called "bottom." That rising tide would truly lift all boats!
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      by Willie on Jul 14, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to SadButTrue
      Rich folk don't care who they underpay, it no matter da color of the skin, they are an equal opportunity underpayer.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    How exactly can you encourage people to work by paying them to NOT work? I gurantee if the benefits quit coming a heck of a lot of people would suddenly become very motivated and willing to work.
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