Steil, Johnson, Wisconsin Delegation Call on Governor Evers to Help Wisconsin Workers Get Back to Work

May 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and members of the Wisconsin delegation called on Governor Tony Evers to end inefficient, wasteful incentives and help Wisconsin workers get back to work. You can read the letter here.

"We need to get our way of life back. Employers across Wisconsin are reducing business hours, cutting services, and shutting their doors because they are unable to find workers to fill family-supporting jobs. Wisconsinites want to work, but Pelosi and Biden’s policies have made that increasingly difficult. While Biden and Pelosi’s policies have brought Wisconsin to this point, Governor Evers must reverse course. We need to get workers back to work by ending inefficient and wasteful incentives. I call on Governor Evers to immediately take action and help Wisconsin workers get back to work," said Rep. Steil.

"The biggest problem businesses in Wisconsin face now is finding people willing to turn down government subsidies and go back to work. We are paying people not to work, so employers cannot hire the people they need to run their manufacturing plants or be in the service industry. Governor Evers  is only hurting more Wisconsin businesses by continuing down this path. We need to get government out of the way, and let people start living productive lives again," said Senator Johnson. 

"One thing I hear from business owners across the 6th District is that they are having trouble finding employees due to the increased unemployment benefits authorized by Congress. How can we expect our local economies to bounce back if people are incentivized to stay on the sidelines rather than returning to work? Governor Evers has a chance to be a leader and make a decision that will benefit workers, businesses, and the entire state of Wisconsin," said Rep. Grothman. 

"Last week’s jobs report showed that if you pay people not to work, they won’t work. Jobs are available across Northeast Wisconsin and our economy is ready to roar. It’s time to end this program and get people back to work," said Rep. Gallagher. 

"Policies that discourage people from getting back to work are a lose-lose proposition. It simply doesn’t make sense to pay people to stay home when so many employers are desperate for help," said Rep. Tiffany. 

"Many small businesses in southeastern Wisconsin have reached out to tell me that they’re hiring, but can’t find workers. The primary hiring challenge echoed among these business owners is the federal unemployment bonus. In light of many recent announcements from the CDC, it is overwhelmingly clear that for the vast majority of Americans, it is safe to return to work. As such, I urge Governor Evers to take a stand and get Wisconsinites back in the workforce by ending the $300 per week federal unemployment bonus," said Rep. Fitzgerald. 

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