After State Budget, Governor Signs 15 Bills Into Law

Since signing the 2021-2023 state budget into law on July 8, Governor Tony Evers (D) has signed 15 other bills, including the following notable acts: Assembly Bill 406: Requires the lowest schedule of unemployment insurance contribution rates to remain in effect through the end of calendar year 2023, regardless of the cash balance of the […]

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Governor Vetoes Personal Property Tax Repeal, “Mill Bill,” and Legislative HR Office

On July 8, the same day he signed the 2021-2023 state budget into law, Governor Tony Evers (D) vetoed four bills sent to him by the Legislature: Assembly Bill 191: Exempts all remaining business and manufacturing personal property from personal property tax assessments, effective January 1, 2022. Veto message Assembly Bill 367: Requires the governor […]

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Republican Lawmakers Seek to End Federal Unemployment Supplements; Governor Likely to Veto

A group of Republican state legislators are working on legislation to end Wisconsin’s participation in several federal programs that provide new or additional unemployment benefits, including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The FPUC program provides recipients of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits with an additional $300 per week on top of the regular state […]

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Legislature Reinstates Work Search Requirement for Those Receiving Unemployment Benefits

A legislative committee has voted to end a temporary rule that suspended the work search requirement for people receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. By a 6-4, party line vote on May 19, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) ended the emergency rule promulgated by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Without committee […]

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State Reconfigures Its Contract with Foxconn

On Monday, April 19, Governor Tony Evers announced that the state of Wisconsin had negotiated a new economic development contract with Taiwanese technology manufacturer Foxconn, which is currently building a large facility in Racine County. The following day, Gov. Evers announced that the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) voted unanimously to approve […]

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DWD Announces Another $2 Million for WFF Worker Training Grants

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced additional funding for another round of worker training grants under the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program. The program, administered by the Office of Skills Development (OSD) at DWD, provides grants for training programs to help unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers learn new skills. The grants are intended […]

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DWD Gets Federal Grant to Begin Updating UI Computer System

On Thursday, March 18, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that it had secured a $2.4 million federal grant to begin updating the computer system used to administer the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The updates are a result of 2021 Act 4, which was signed by Governor Tony Evers on February 25. DWD […]

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DWD Announces New Round of Worker Training Grants

On February 12, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced a new phase of worker training grants under the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program. The program, administered by the Office of Skills Development (OSD) at DWD, provides grants for training programs to help unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers learn new skills. The grants are intended […]

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Judge Again Blocks Release of Business Names with COVID-19 Cases

On Monday, November 30, a Waukesha judge extended the temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from releasing the names of businesses with more than 25 employees, who have had at least two workers test positive for COVID-19. Recall, in early October Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) filed suit in Waukesha County seeking an injunction to […]

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DWD Announces Worker Training Grants

The Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Skills Development (OSD) will begin accepting applications for a worker training grant opportunity next week.  The “Industry Sectors Worker Training Grant” is a redesigned opportunity in the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. According to OSD the “grant program is designed to help fund the development of innovative and collaborative […]

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