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Assembly Republicans vote to cut federal unemployment pay

BY: - June 10, 2021

Over two days this week, from the meeting room of the Legislature’s budget committee to the floor of the state Assembly, lawmakers of both political parties held an extended argument about the government’s role in fostering economic prosperity. Wednesday’s Assembly vote, with all 60 Republicans in favor of a bill ending the $300 federal unemployment […]

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GOP lawmakers target jobless pay to boost employment

BY: - May 19, 2021

Republican lawmakers and business lobbyists joined Tuesday in calling for an end to supplemental federal unemployment pay in Wisconsin — blaming the $300 weekly extra payments for labor shortages even though employers have said for years they were struggling to find workers. The draft legislation is the second of two steps GOP lawmakers are taking […]

Legislation would end lower minimum wage for tipped employees

BY: - March 16, 2021

New draft legislation would end Wisconsin’s sub-minimum wage for tipped employees — a move that sponsors say would benefit not only low-wage workers in the restaurant industry but restaurant operators as well. “We’re keeping restaurants from being bad actors,” said State Rep. Francesca Hong (D-Madison), a career restaurant worker and now owner, at an online […]