MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unemployed Wisconsinites would have to work harder to keep their state jobless benefits under a budget provision that was approved Monday.
The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved Governor Scott Walker’s plan to make recipients look for at least four jobs a week, up from the current two.
The purpose is to reduce what the state spends on unemployment benefits, which is around $850-million this year.
Also, the state still owes about a billion dollars to the federal government to keep jobless benefits flowing at the time of the Great Recession.
The state has cut benefits and raised taxes on employers to part off part of that debt.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says only three states require what the Republican Walker wants to do.
South and North Carolina each mandate four job searches a week.
Florida requires either five job searches per week, or contact with the American Job Center which is a federal resource network.