Submitted to OnFocus – Representative Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield) joined her Republican colleagues in voting to end the additional $300 in federal unemployment benefits, along with work search requirements for those on unemployment.
“Small businesses across my district have voiced their difficulty in finding employees. We no longer have a shortage of jobs; instead, we have a shortage of employees,” she said.
The nationwide unemployment rate is currently 5.8 percent, which is significantly higher than the 3.5 percent unemployment rate prior to the pandemic. If Assembly Bill 336 is signed by the Governor, Wisconsin will become the 26th state to end the $300 weekly bonuses authorized under the American Rescue Plan.
“The additional $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits was intended to help citizens while jobs were unavailable,” she said. “With the amount of jobs available, the additional benefits are not only unnecessary, but also hurting small businesses in my district and across the state and country.”
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