“We can’t even find people to interview,” added Bevco Engineering Company Inc. CEO Chris Shult. “It’s not a matter of we can’t find anyone that’s viable, it’s a matter of we can’t find anyone to even interview.”
For the past month, WMC has urged lawmakers to end these federal benefits because Wisconsinites are being paid to stay home while employers are desperate to hire. In fact, the Job Center of Wisconsin website routinely lists over 100,000 jobs available in the state on any given day.
WMC’s Senior Director of Workforce & Employment Policy Chris Reader testified in favor of SB 354 as an immediate solution for addressing Wisconsin’s growing workforce shortage crisis.
“Businesses are not only facing competition from themselves, but we’re here today because they’re facing competition from the government that’s largely paying the same wage as many entry level positions and it’s keeping people at home,” said Reader during the public hearing.
“We’ve reached out to the governor on this and unfortunately we’ve been ignored. We’re in a hole with the workforce shortage crisis and the government just keeps digging – making it worse for people to want to join the workforce.”
WMC and the business community strongly urge lawmakers to support SB 354 and its companion bill, Assembly Bill 336.