Work Searches for Unemployed up for Vote

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Unemployed people in Wisconsin would have to double their searches for work from two to four a week or lose their benefits under a proposal up for a vote.

If approved Monday by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, Wisconsin would have one of the toughest job search requirements in the country.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed the change in his budget, saying the increase was not unreasonable.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says in a briefing paper that only three other states require four or more searches a week. North and South Carolina both require four and Florida requires a person either do five searches or contact a federal resource network for the unemployed.

Wisconsin is expected to spend $856 million on unemployment benefits in 2013.

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