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Wisconsin Spotlight: DWD failing the unemployed, taxpayers

MADISON — A new report shows Gov. Tony Evers’ incompetent Department of Workforce Development has failed on two critical fronts: Getting unemployment checks to eligible claimants and protecting the state’s Unemployment Insurance system from fraud and waste.

As Wisconsin Spotlight has reported, DWD’s bungling forced tens of thousands out-of-work Wisconsinites to wait months for their benefits after a flood of claims hit the system last year.

“Wisconsin was one of the worst performing states across many different metrics,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) study finds.

The report — “The (Poor) Performance of the Unemployment System During COVID-19 in the United States and (Especially) Wisconsin” — also notes the Evers administration has failed to check fraudulent activity. Amid growing reports of rampant fraud, the fraud detection rate has plummeted to near zero, with detected fraud cases down 41 percent as claims have exploded.

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