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Feyen Says Unemployment In WI Is A "Mess"


Nearly 440-thousand Wisconsinites lost their jobs in April, and while we’ve been told more people are being hired to assist in the backlog of unemployment claims, the situation is dire. Senator Dan Feyen (R, Fond du Lac) released the following statement in response to the ongoing unemployment issues at the Department of Workforce Development.

“Unemployment in Wisconsin is a mess. Months after the Safer at Home order sent our State’s economy into a tailspin, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites still haven’t seen any assistance. I’ve heard from countless people who have bills piling up, are facing eviction, or worse; skipping meals in order to provide for their children. It is heartbreaking and completely unacceptable. 

We continue to hear the same story coming from the Department of Workforce Development and the Governor’s Office. We are making progress, they say. We just need time and patience. How much patience can we expect people to have? I have spoken with Secretary Caleb Frostman multiple times and emailed him again today, offering my help asking if there was anything needed legislatively to speed up the process, the answer has been a consistent “no”.

Every single legislative office is inundated with phone calls from real people who need help. People who have called the unemployment office thousands of times without ever getting through. They have been put on hold for hours on end, been hung up on, been told to wait. They cannot wait any longer. People are desperate and their pleas are falling on deaf ears in the Governor’s office and at the DWD. This isn’t politics, it is people’s lives. This administration is failing the people of Wisconsin at the time they need help the most.”


Comments 20
Anonymous commented on 27-May-2020 11:38 AM3 out of 5 stars
Sorry Dan, the law changes to unemployment in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018 helped create this mess. Good article in FDL Reporter today on topic.
Anonymous commented on 27-May-2020 11:47 AM3 out of 5 stars
a republican governor would be in the same boat, whose administration went completely automated and had a one week waiting period, must have been walker
Daryl Mangeri commented on 27-May-2020 03:31 PM3 out of 5 stars
Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a local nonprofit in Fond du Lac, has NFCC certified counselors that can assist consumers in navigating the turbulent waters caused by COVID-19. There is no charge for a budget and credit counsel. They can be reached at (920)907-4344 or info@cccsonline.org.
BS commented on 27-May-2020 05:03 PM3 out of 5 stars
NO Kidding!
messy commented on 27-May-2020 05:23 PM3 out of 5 stars
It didn't need to be a mess.
Unemployable commented on 27-May-2020 05:32 PM3 out of 5 stars
Great news! "Only" 720,000 current claims are left! Why they can clear those up in 5-7 years.
crap commented on 27-May-2020 05:33 PM3 out of 5 stars
Bunch of crap for taxpayers
can't see well commented on 27-May-2020 06:10 PM3 out of 5 stars
Please help us to do the word verifications, can't see well. not fair to those who have vision problems and can't tell any one. We have opions too.
Politicians commented on 27-May-2020 06:16 PM3 out of 5 stars
The Governor has nothing to do with it! The LEGISLATORS caused this mess! how's about fixing the outdated computer? how about making job search requirements realistic?
garbage commented on 27-May-2020 06:16 PM3 out of 5 stars
Please no more garbage
no job commented on 27-May-2020 06:49 PM3 out of 5 stars
YOU have a job, I don't.
Anonymous commented on 28-May-2020 05:46 AM3 out of 5 stars
The republicans made it hard to get u employment in the walker era. Sorry dan you can deal with the mess you supported!!!! U employment staff is rude as well!
tony_killinger commented on 28-May-2020 06:49 AM3 out of 5 stars
Evers is horrible for Wisconsin
Wakeup commented on 28-May-2020 07:10 AM3 out of 5 stars
It least some people understand it is the legislators made this mess with the changes they made from 2011 - 2018.
Anonymous commented on 28-May-2020 07:36 AM3 out of 5 stars
yes, it has been the rebublican legislators who screwed this up. who knew in 2020 we would be dealing with the Wuhan flu. perhaps china will pay for this mess
Anonymous commented on 28-May-2020 09:01 AM3 out of 5 stars
David Beaster commented on 28-May-2020 12:21 PM3 out of 5 stars
There is a good reason for the "mess" Dan. As a Republican, you have had total control of the legislature for a decade. Your decisions in that time has turned Wisconsin into the Mississippi of the North. If you want to change things, start working for all the residents of Wisconsin instead of the business interests of Wisconsin.
WI blows commented on 28-May-2020 01:02 PM3 out of 5 stars
You comparison is an insult to Mississippi. They have cute historical towns like Oxford and Natchez. A gulf coastline with great towns like 0cean Springs. And no snow!! Moravia may be a better comparison or Bulgaria to WI.
shame commented on 28-May-2020 05:12 PM3 out of 5 stars
Everything is a mess, quit blaming parties, just a big mess, shame .
Politics commented on 28-May-2020 05:20 PM3 out of 5 stars
Quit politics and get a real job helping others.

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