Help is on the way for Wisconsin’s aging computer system at the Department of Workforce Development. The 50-year-old infrastructure delayed unemployment benefit payments for months for some applicants during the past year. Governor Tony Evers blamed lawmakers and previous administrations for failing to take the needed action for more than a decade. Evers absorbed some harsh criticism while people who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic waited to be approved, then waited for payments. The Democratic governor called the bill he signed “a step in the right direction” Thursday. That bill also waives the one-week waiting period for receiving benefits and extends limited liability from COVID-related lawsuits to state businesses, schools, and governments.

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