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Capitol Notes: State Lawmakers Discuss How To Speed Up Unpaid Jobless Claims

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Marti Mikkelson and JR Ross discuss the week in politics in "Capitol Notes"

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman testified before a state Senate committee last week about why many Wisconsinites still haven’t received unemployment benefits. Of about 2.5 million claims filed, nearly 750,000 are unpaid.

Republicans on the committee accused Frostman of not being prepared for the surge in claims that happened when many people were laid off because of the coronavirus. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com what kind of remedies have been put in place to speed up the process.

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Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.