Funding to pay for upgrades to the outdated computer system used for unemployment benefits has made it through the Assembly and is headed for the Wisconsin Senate next. Governor Tony Evers has already said he will sign the legislation. Tuesday’s vote was unanimous. Under the nearly 50-year-old system used now, some employees have to navigate through 100 different screens while processing a claim. They can only fax and use snail mail. The challenges caused major backups for people filing for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. It could take three-to-five years to replace the current software system.

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