During the 2021 State of the State Address, Governor Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin) called on the Legislature to hold a special session on modernizing Wisconsin's "broken" unemployment system. Gov. Evers highlighted that the agency saw an unprecedented influx of unemployment claims during the pandemic which continue to stress the antiquated system. "We know that replacing this system will take years, that's why it should've been done sooner, but it's also why we don't have another moment to waste," Evers said. In response to the 2021 State of the State Address and Evers' call to modernize the unemployment system, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) cited Legislative Audit reports showing concerning inactivity on the agency's part. "These failures weren't brought on by ancient systems, they were brought on by a lack of leadership," Vos said.

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