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Gov. Tony Evers is seeking to tap a federal program to briefly provide $300 per week of extra benefits to Wisconsin’s wide ranks of unemployed residents during the pandemic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The payments would come on top of the maximum of $370 per week of regular benefits to qualifying residents.
“The federal government must sign off on providing the new benefits, and the Democratic governor warned they may be available for only three weeks. He urged Congress to provide longer-term assistance,” Patrick Marley reports.
The move comes as Wisconsin struggles to process unemployment applications and after Congress in late July allowed a program offering $600 in extra weekly benefits to lapse, leaving many jobless Wisconsinites unable to pay their bills.
See Wisconsin Watch’s full coverage of the state’s unemployment insurance struggles here.
Gov. Tony Evers seeks an additional $300 per week in benefits for unemployed under new Trump program —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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