Two weeks ago, Gov.
Scott Walker signed into law a bill requiring employers to report unemployment claims to the state.
Since then, the Wisconsin Association of Business has received more than 200 calls from people seeking help filing claims.
Some of the calls were from Wisconsin families who were struggling to keep up with their expenses, according to a report from the Associated Press.
And the response has been a welcome one.
The association said it has been receiving calls from employers who want to offer free help.
The group has received a record amount of calls, and has also seen a surge in calls from other business owners wanting to help.
But it’s not enough to make a difference, according David Fennell, president of the Wisconsin Business Alliance, a group of about 20 business owners that includes companies like Walmart and Target.
Fennel said the numbers are still small, and that the state needs to focus more on the economic impact of unemployment.
For example, the state has not yet established a national unemployment rate, but Fennelle said the number of people unemployed in Wisconsin has more than doubled since the law went into effect.
He said the state should have a national rate for its economy.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Fenn, a former Wisconsin governor, told WQAD-TV in Milwaukee.
“Our economy is struggling.
We’re seeing it in the retail business, the wholesale business, our agriculture, in the manufacturing business.
We still have a lot to do.”
The Wisconsin Business Association is calling for a national standard for how businesses report unemployment.
And it is also pushing the governor to expand the benefits of a program that offers jobless workers money to help pay their rent and utilities.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. launched a pilot program last year to provide unemployment benefits to up to 200 people a month.
And Walker is expected to sign legislation this month that would provide $1 million to help businesses report claims.
He has also proposed a $1.9 billion state investment in economic development, including job training, job training programs and economic development grants.
Walker has not commented publicly on the bill, but a spokesman for the governor has said the governor’s top priority is to get more people back to work.
“He understands the challenges of joblessness, and he wants to get them back to working,” said spokesman Jason Wiegley.
The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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