Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where a member of his own administration summed up Walker’s job creation efforts thusly: “We suck. We’re bad.”
“We suck. We’re bad” could also serve as an apt description of just how ineffectively Scott Walker’s administration has run state government, with that ineptitude extending to an inability of the unemployed to actually file for unemployment benefits.
Unemployed workers who want to file for unemployment compensation are having trouble getting through on the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s phone lines.
A spokesman said Wednesday the department is experiencing “particularly high call volumes” and that staff has been asked to work overtime and on weekends to deal with the calls.
Ron Youngbluth of Pewaukee said he started calling to see whether he’d be eligible for unemployment after he was laid off from his part-time job as an optometrist in Brookfield on Dec. 6. He estimated he called up to two dozen times in the past month, sometimes several times a day. He got through to the automated system, but never to a person.
“I called them the past at least three weeks, I don’t know how many times. I couldn’t get ahold of anyone,” he told the Public Investigator.
“Sometimes, I got a busy signal. Sometimes, they ask for information and I put my Social Security number in, my pin number. They said, ‘We’re experiencing peak volumes. We’ll attempt to transfer you to an agent.’ They said ‘all our agents are busy with others. Call back some other time.’
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Republicans are good at winning elections but they absolutely SUCK at governing.