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Wisconsin misses out on $25M in funding after GOP leaders waited to pass a COVID-19 relief bill

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Posted at 8:14 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 21:14:16-04

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin has missed out on $25 million in federal funding to help unemployment payments after GOP leaders waited two weeks to pass Wisconsin's COVID-19 relief bill.

As a part of the federal CARES act, the federal government is willing to pay back states for unemployment if they waive the week long wait period between filing and collecting.

However, Wisconsin will miss out on funding for the first two weeks of the health emergency.

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin law makers all agreed on eliminating that wait period. Evers proposed eliminating the one-week waiting period back on March 21, however the legislature took until the week of April 13 to actually pass the proposal.

By April 13, the CARES act had already been passed for two weeks. Therefore, Wisconsin can not see a refund for unemployment benefits paid out during that time.

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