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Written By: ECJ Staff  |  Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

GOP Pushes for Extended Unemployment Benefits

            A Republican sponsored bill to extend unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks passed the Senate and Assembly committee on July 11th.  The extension will use $89 million of federal stimulus money.  The state has already borrowed $1.4 billion from the feds to fund its unemployment programs. Between 23,000 to 40,000 unemployed Wisconsin residents could be eligible for the extension.  The only Republican to vote against the bill was representative Chris Kapenga.  "The fact is this is gonna be $89 million that somebody's gonna pay for," warned Kapenga, "it's not free money. I'm very concerned on the lack of concern that I see on that."  

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