Gov. Evers to Legislature on Modernizing UI System: “I don’t care who gets the credit, I just want to get it done.”
Legislature yet to take action on governor’s special session to modernize unemployment system
MADISON, WI (STL.News) Gov. Tony Evers today sent a letter to the Wisconsin State Legislature urging immediate, bipartisan action on his proposal to modernize the state’s unemployment insurance system. During his 2021 State of the State address, the governor announced he would be calling a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal, which would finance the modernization project from initiation to completion over a 10-year period. Republicans in the Legislature have yet to take any action on the governor’s special session legislation. Gov. Evers’ letter today comes after an inquiry by PolitiFact determined legislative action and approval will be necessary to ensure ongoing funding for the project over multiple state budgets.
“My proposal to update our antiquated system to date has been met with the same continued inaction Wisconsinites have seen for years during previous administrations and more than a decades’ worth of state legislators that knew this system was outdated and failed to fix it,” wrote Gov. Evers in the letter.