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Legislature approves federally-funded unemployment extensions

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More than 14,000 Wisconsinites who've used up their state unemployment benefits may now be eligible for 13 more weeks of federal payments.

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The state Assembly and Senate paved the way for those benefits Wednesday.

They voted to suspend two state extensions, and use the federally-funded extensions instead.

Officials say the move will save about $40 million in higher employer taxes at a time when the state fund for jobless benefits is about to run dry.

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