The Wisconsin Assembly voted 61-35 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would make a number of changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system.
The Wisconsin Senate voted 17-15 on Tuesday in favor of a bill that would make a number of changes to the state’s unemployment-insurance system.
Gratitude would not be construction executives’ first response if the state’s unemployment insurance fund requires heftier payments from them.
Minutes after scolding Republicans for not heeding the advice of the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council, Democratic Assembly members Thursday voted against a bill containing only provisions approved by that panel.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.
The higher taxes that some lawmakers want to impose on construction companies to pay for the state’s unemployment insurance system could be a lot worse.
A motion to change the state’s unemployment insurance system could cost the construction and manufacturing industries tens of millions of dollars in additional taxes, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Bills up for consideration Wednesday would take away business licenses from companies that have failed to make unemployment-insurance payments and would require financial institutions to provide the state with the financial records of the account holders that owe those payments.
Unemployed people in Wisconsin would have to double the number of searches they make for a job from two to four a week, one of the toughest requirements in the country, under a proposal approved by the Legislature’s budget committee on Monday.
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated.