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