(Madison) A Beaver Dam politician has introduced a bill that aims to increase workforce participation. State Representative Mark Born says the legislation reinstates work requirements and drug testing for certain recipients of FoodShare. He says it comes as part of a larger package of bills introduced by legislative Republicans that seeks to curb the massive expansion of welfare in recent years. Born adds that this has caused increased worker shortages in the state.
Already required under Wisconsin law are work and drug testing requirements for certain welfare participants. However, Born says the governor unilaterally waived these requirements until September. The bill would require Tony Evers to begin implement the existing work and drug testing requirements. It also includes withdrawing any waiver or suspension of the requirements.
State Senator Chris Kapenga says the package of bills do not address the issue of Wisconsin’s aging workforce. He says (quote)… “especially in the manufacturing sector, you’re seeing that employers are being forced to look at efficiency, they’re being forced to look at outsourcing… “but this package doesn’t really get into that.”
Republicans also want to remove unemployment and medical assistance like BadgerCare from people who fail to show up to job interviews or who turn down job offers. They also want the Department of Workforce Development to step up the number of checks they do on weekly unemployment statements. The governor is unlikely to sign the bills if they make it to his desk. Unemployment is currently at a record low of three-percent.