Born Backs Legislation That Ends State’s Federal Unemployment Programs

(Madison) The State Legislature has voted to eliminate a $300-dollar-a-week federal bonus for the unemployed. It is scheduled to end on September 6th, but the Republican-led Assembly and Senate are listening to dozens of commerce groups who believe the benefit is keeping people from searching for jobs. State Representative Mark Born says Wisconsin’s economy is open again after more than a year of government-mandated shutdowns and businesses across the state are finding it nearly impossible to find enough workers to fill job openings. The Beaver Dam Republican says it is critical this bill passes to get the state back to work and make sure everyone who is able is participating in the workforce. Twenty-five other states have already opted out of the federal enhancers. Born says he cannot go anywhere in his district without seeing a help wanted sign. He says employers across the state are begging for workers with many unable to even find people to apply. If the bill is signed by the governor, Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation program will return to pre-pandemic operations. Governor Evers has said he would veto this bill.