Thousands of Wisconsin residents are still waiting for the Evers administration to process their unemployment claims, many have waited since April.
On Monday, I sent a letter
along with Representatives Janel Brandtjen, Jim Ott, and Dan Knodl to the Evers Administration asking for the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to further utilize the tools provided to the administration to shift staff between agencies as well as expand call center hours.
A recent news story highlighted
the struggles of Brittney Gitzlaff of Menomonee Falls. Brittney is still waiting for answers from the Department of Workforce Development - eight months after filing her claim.
Hundreds of constituents have reached out to our offices - some experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, issues with mental health, and trouble accessing critical medications. Back in May, DWD promised to fix the backlog by October. While the department has announced some changes, it's not enough.
I'm grateful to see DWD is implementing Google Cloud to help ease the massive backlog of cases, but we've heard excuses before. This doesn't change the fact that thousands of families in Wisconsin have been waiting months and months for money they already paid into the system.
Like Brittney, we are still waiting for a response from Governor Evers.