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Wisconsinites during the pandemic have filed some 2.4 million unemployment claims, and nearly 400,000 have yet to be processed — leaving many waiting for weeks and even months without income while the quagmire fuels partisan bickering. Today we highlight our latest story, which focuses on a subset of claims that the Department of Workforce Development has denied.
Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, reports that a 2013 Wisconsin law prevents laid-off workers on federal disability from getting state unemployment. Now the state is denying them federal pandemic aid too, citing reasoning that some unemployment law experts are criticizing.
The result: laid-off people with disabilities cannot collect federal disaster relief during the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
We also draw your attention to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story chronicling two decades of inaction on the state’s outmoded unemployment system, despite many warnings.
Wisconsin’s overwhelmed unemployment system comes after years of warnings about its weaknesses — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Much still unknown, but in 12 weeks hospitals have become far better prepared to treat coronavirus patients — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pastor and wife battle COVID-19 — Beloit Daily News
Live coverage from USA Today-Wisconsin reporters
Live coverage from Wisconsin State Journal reporters
Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 140 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The new cases accounted for 3.9% of total tests, continuing a downward trend in recent weeks. DHS also reported three new deaths, bringing the state’s total during the pandemic to 595.
Here’s a look at the latest trends in COVID-19 diagnoses from our partners at WisContext.
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Wisconsin’s LGBTQ communities recognize, celebrate Pride Month despite COVID-19 limitations — Green Bay Press-Gazette
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