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WI State representatives propose plan to assist those seeking unemployment

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ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WAOW) -- Two area lawmakers call on Governor Evers to use federal dollars to help those who, so far, have been unable to get unemployement.

State Representatives Pat Snyder (R - 85th Assembly District) and Mary Felzkowski (R - 35th Assembly District) presented a plan at the Rothschild Pavilion Wednesday.

It asks Governor Evers to use $40 million of the Federal CARES Act funding.

That money would be made available in the form of small loans to those still waiting for their unemployment claims to be processed.

In a press conference lawmakers reported that 140,000 claims are in the process of being reviewed statewide. That's because the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is severely backlogged.

They added some claims may not be settled until October.

Snyder and Felzkowski call the situation a crisis.

"People in the 85th district say they've been on the cue for multiple hours and then, suddenly, they get disconnected," said Snyder. "Hung up on. It's very frustrating."

"These are not lazy people," said Felzkowski. "These are people where their ability to work was taken away by the government and now the government needs to step up and fix it."

Wisconsin currently has $280 million available in CARES Act funding.

Snyder and Felzkowski submitted their plan to the governor's office and are waiting to hear back.

Curtis Aderholdt

A WAOW photo journalist since December 2014.

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