MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate has approved extending federal unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.
The Senate voted 30-3 on Tuesday to pass the bill, which is scheduled to be taken up by the Assembly on Wednesday. Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign it.READ MORE: New Poll Shows Minneapolis Residents Support Charter Amendment Replacing Police
The extended federal unemployment benefits are designed to serve as a safety net for an unemployed person who has exhausted all other state and federal benefits. They’re available after a person has received unemployment for about a year and a half.
Up to 40,000 people are estimated to be eligible for the $363 a week in benefits.READ MORE: Minnesota Apple Orchards Endure Labor Shortage During Peak Season
The extended benefits would apply retroactively from April.
The bill would also do away with a one-week waiting period before people can start to collect unemployment.MORE NEWS: 'I Laid On The Floor And Just Bawled': Minnesota TikTok Sensation, 79, Overwhelmed By Support After Scooter Breaks
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