Nick Novak Urges Lawmakers to Tackle Workforce Shortage on Wausau’s WSAW-TV

WAUSAU – State lawmakers are proposing a bill to end the extra $300 a week federal unemployment benefits in Wisconsin. They believe the extra money is contributing to a worker shortage.

50 of Wisconsin’s chambers of commerce including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), Marshfield, Mosinee and the Greater Wausau Chamber all signed a letter in support of ending the extra unemployment benefits. They want to see more people back in the workforce.

“This is a serious issue, this is an issue that impacts every corner of Wisconsin,” WMC VP of Communications Nick Novak said.

Novak said the state is facing a crisis level of a workforce shortage. Arguing enhanced federal unemployment benefits are keeping people at home.

“Right now, individuals can make up to the equivalent of $17 an hour on unemployment and that is serving as a disincentive to work,” Novak said.

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