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July 27th, 2021 (608) 266-1194
Rep. Summerfield Votes to Overturn Governor’s Veto
Encourages People to Re-enter the Workforce
MADISON – Earlier today, State Representative Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer) voted to override Governor Evers’ veto of a proposal that would have eliminated the extra federal unemployment bonus. He had the following to say after his vote:
“Over the past year, small businesses across Wisconsin have been faced with numerous difficulties. First, they experienced a drastic reduction in consumer traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in many of them closing their doors and threw others in financial uncertainty. Now, after regaining their footing, many of these same businesses cannot find workers to meet a resurgence in demand as life returns to normal.
“According to the Wall Street Journal, states who eliminated the federal bonus saw a reduction in their unemployment benefits claims as more individuals rejoined the workforce. It is time we stand by our Wisconsin small businesses and the families they support by refusing the extra federal unemployment funds.”
Federal unemployment insurance relief provides an extra $300 per week for those claiming state unemployment benefits. The Wisconsin State Legislature voted earlier this year to eliminate the federal bonus, but that proposal was vetoed by Governor Evers.
The 67th Assembly District includes portions of Dunn and Chippewa counties.