Lawmakers Want Access to Bank Accounts of Unemployed
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GREEN BAY, WI- Unemployed people in Wisconsin could soon find their private bank accounts being accessed by the state
A controversial new bill would allow the state to access jobless residents' bank accounts to make sure they're not being overpaid with benefits.
Wisconsin borrowed money from the federal government to finance unemployment benefits during the recession in 2008 and a total of 1.5 billion dollars was owed.
State Representatives say this bill is in place to make sure that money is paid back.
Receiving too much money from unemployment benefits.
That's what State Representatives are worried job seekers are getting and a new bill would make sure that doesn't happen by monitoring private bank accounts.
"Gives the agency a chance to go back and collect or recover those payments," says Rep. Dan Knodle, R-Germanton.
To make sure those who deserve that money get that funding.
"Those funds are for people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own," says Knodle.
At the Brown County Job Center.
"A lot of us are looking for jobs."
Job seekers who are working hard.
"Trying to get out of unemployment."
Have mixed feelings on the bill.
"That's our personal stuff."
Diane Green-Johnson of Green Bay says the government should already be on top of those overpayments.
"I think it should be returned back to whoever it came from, but i still don't agree with the checking into the bank account," says Green-Johnson.
Others like Orlando Lebron say too many people are improperly paid.
"That is a big problem and that's what i feel that this bill will address," says Lebron.
And State Representatives agree as it makes it way through Madison.
Public hearings on the bill were held today. Lawmakers are looking to pass the bill through committee by next week.