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UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs unemployment benefit changes

UPDATED July 5, 2013 --- 4:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment insurance payout but install new limits on who can collect the benefits.

The bill increases the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370. It also makes it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed by allowing audits of beneficiaries, repeals a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they're enrolled in vocational training and bars inmates in work-release programs from collecting unemployment.

The measure cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in June. Walker signed it into law on Friday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 5:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment insurance payout but also install new limits on who can collect the benefits.

The measure passed Wednesday on a bipartisan 61-35 vote. It cleared the Republican-controlled Senate on a party line vote Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill would increase the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370.

The proposal would also make it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed, by allowing for periodic audits of those receiving the benefits.

The bill would also repeal a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they are enrolled in worker training. Inmates in work-release programs would also be barred from receiving unemployment benefits.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 11:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is expected to pass a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment payout but also install new limits on who can collect the benefits.

The measure up Wednesday passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a party line vote Tuesday.

It would increase the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370.

The proposal would also make it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed, by allowing for periodic audits of those receiving the benefits.

The bill would also repeal a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they are enrolled in worker training. Inmates in work-release programs would also be barred from receiving unemployment benefits.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 11, 2013 --- 4:06 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would make it easier for the state to recover overpayment of unemployment benefits by allowing officials to check private bank accounts.

The measure requires financial institutions doing business with the state to disclose information about accounts held by people who owe money to the unemployment system.

That is expected to bring in $8 million a year.

The Republican-sponsored measure also increases the top unemployment benefit by $7 per week to $370.

The bill makes someone denied benefits after failing to accept a job offer ineligible until finding a job and earning six times his or her weekly benefit rate. That is up from the current four.

The Senate passed the bill 17-15. The proposal goes next to the state Assembly.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 --- 4:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would make it easier for the state to recover overpayment of unemployment benefits by allowing officials to check private bank accounts.

The bill up for a vote Tuesday in the Senate requires financial institutions doing business with the state to disclose information about accounts held by people who owe money to the unemployment system.

That is expected to bring in $8 million a year.

The Republican-sponsored measure also increases the top unemployment benefit by $7 per week to $370.

The bill makes someone denied benefits after failing to accept a job offer ineligible until finding a job and earning six times his or her weekly benefit rate. That is up from the current four.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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