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In La Crosse, GOP lawmakers ask governor to help speed up jobless relief

Brad Williams

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Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are asking Governor Tony Evers to get more money to people who have been jobless for weeks because of the coronavirus. 

At a La Crosse news conference, area legislators Tony Kurtz and Loren Oldenburg said that more than 100-thousand workers in the state are waiting for their unemployment claims to be approved by the Department of Workforce Development. 

Kurtz says this is something the governor has the authority to do.    

He and Oldenburg say about $280 million hasn’t been paid out yet from federal relief sent to Wisconsin, and they argue that the Badger State is lagging behind almost every other state in getting claims processed.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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