MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature plans to pass a bill next week that will make federal unemployment benefits available for an additional 13 weeks.
The bill was approved by two legislative committees following a joint public hearing Monday in advance of the Legislature taking it up on July 19.
The extended federal unemployment benefits are designed to serve as a last-ditch safety net for an unemployed person who has exhausted all other state and federal benefits. They’re available after a person has received unemployment for about a year and a half.
Up to 11,000 people were eligible for the $363 a week in benefits when they ended in April.
Once approved by the Legislature, the extended benefits would apply retroactively from their end date in April.