Public Hearing On GOP Bills To Tighten Public Assistance Requirements

A package of bills authored by Republicans that would make it easier to remove people from unemployment and medical assistance got a public hearing on Tuesday in the State Assembly.

Republicans say too many people are on benefits and not working. Representative Mark Born wants the Evers Administration to stop using pandemic-related waivers for people filing for unemployment and benefits.

“Obviously that waiver was necessary for a couple of months back in 2020 when the Governor shut down our economy people couldn’t earn or run their businesses and stuff.”

Other bills require people to file more frequently for their medical benefits or be cut off. Business groups say they can’t find enough workers to fill positions. Unemployment is at historic lows at under 3 percent. Governor Evers is unlikely to sign the bills if they reach his desk.