Gallagher aims to replace federal unemployment benefits with sign-on bonus

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Allouez, has introduced a bill to convert the federal unemployment benefit into a sign-on bonus for new hires. 

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation adds another $300 per week to state unemployment benefits. Congressional and state Republicans, as well as business chambers, associations and employers, have charged those benefits with contributing to a statewide labor shortage. 

Meanwhile, state Dems have expressed concern that ending benefits would harm parents struggling to find child care as the pandemic hasn’t ended. They also point out t...

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