May 21, 2021

Thank you for reading my weekly e-update. I'm looking forward to sharing with you what I've been up to this week.

Colleges and Universities Hearing

On Thursday, the Committee on Colleges and Universities had a hearing on Assembly Bill 266. This bill would allow Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to provide Associate of Arts and Associate of Science transfer programs without approval from the UW system. Currently, only 6 of the 16 WTCS schools offer associate degree programs. Luckily, a couple of those WTCS schools that do offer associate degrees are close by to our district. Expanding the number of tech colleges that would be able to offer transfer programs would create more coverage across the state for educational opportunities. Nearly 50% of Wisconsin residents have a degree beyond their high school diploma. The WTCS goal is to get 60% of Wisconsin residents to have an associate's degree or higher by 2027. This bill would improve student credit transfer opportunities, easier access to higher education, make higher education more affordable and reduce delays in getting graduates into the workforce.

Ending Federal Unemployment Supplements

Business owners I have talked to in the past month have said their biggest issue for them currently is finding people to hire. Employers throughout our District and Wisconsin are desperate for workers.  Enhanced federal unemployment compensation benefits have created a disincentive for people to return-to-work and make it difficult for employers to hire for open jobs. Employers are unable to compete with the federal government’s unemployment insurance payments, which are often paying people more to stay home than they would earn at work. On Tuesday, the GOP introduced a bill that would end the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement. As of today, at least 21 other states have decided to opt out of the federal unemployment insurance benefit enhance program early. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. The enhanced federal benefits are currently set to expire on September 6, 2021. We need to get Wisconsinites back to work, our businesses want to hire you.

State Unemployment Benefit Changes

Since the height of the global pandemic, DWD waived work searches for those filing for unemployment. The department recognized the burden of the requirement on claimants when many businesses remained closed and job opportunities were limited in response to the shutdowns last. The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules voted to reinstate the work search requirement to start again this coming Sunday, May 23, meaning Wisconsinites filing for unemployment benefits will have to perform 4 approved work search actions every week. Under this action, Wisconsin unemployment compensation program will return to pre-pandemic operations and provide an ongoing safety net for those who need it. 

If you have questions about the work search requirements that are set to take effect this Sunday or other unemployment questions, clink on the link here.

Budget Survey

Thank you to those who have filled out the budget survey online or sent them back to my office. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments on the state budget and other state-related issues.

If you haven’t submitted a survey yet, please visit my website.

Upcoming Events

With more and more events being held once again, I am looking to start sharing information about upcoming community events in my e-updates. Do you know of any upcoming events around the 29th District? If you do, please contact my office and let me know, so I can include it in a future e-update and try to attend myself.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Community Celebration

Saturday, May 22 from 2pm-10 at 205 Main St E, Menomonie

 

Have a great weekend,

Rep. Moses
29th District
State Representative


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