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Capitol Notes: With DWD Secretary Out, Does The Wisconsin Unemployment Backlog Quickly Go Away?

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

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has essentially fired Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman. It happened amid a huge backlog of unprocessed unemployment claims that had piled up since the state shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Evers called for Frostman’s departure on Friday and he resigned shortly thereafter. Republicans who control the Legislature had been criticizing Evers for months over the department’s inability to process tens of thousands of claims.

In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com if he was surprised by this turn of events. He says there's still a ways to go before all claims are processed.  

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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.