MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers late Tuesday vetoed a bill Republicans and the state's largest business lobby have pushed for weeks that would eliminate additional unemployment benefits for Wisconsinites who lost work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican lawmakers who authored the bill said it would reduce worker shortages, arguing the additional benefits have kept workers home.
Evers in his veto message said he did not trust their argument and that the state's labor force participation has returned to nearly pre-pandemic levels with the benefits in place.
"There is a lack of evidence to support the notion that eliminating supplemental unemployment insurance benefits would bring more individuals into the workforce," Evers wrote. "Many of the most hard-hit areas are located in both rural parts of the state that had slower pre-pandemic changes in business operations."