"Today we are calling on Governor Evers to step up and give Wisconsinites the hand up that they need," Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said at a recent news conference where Assembly Republicans proposed a solution for the unemployment crisis. Rep. Steineke called for Gov. Evers to use part of the $280 million remaining of Wisconsin's share of the CARES Act to set up a zero interest, forgivable bridge loan program to help the 141-thousand individuals waiting for relief. The program would pay the minimum monthly UI rate to address the basic economic needs of unemployed Wisconsinites. Steineke cited that the Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that if $40 million was used of the $280 million remaining, more than 30-thousand claimants would receive $327 per week for up to four weeks to help bridge that gap.

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