(The Center Square) – Madison lawmakers are taking the first steps to repair Wisconsin’s failed unemployment system, but there is some disagreement on how to do it.
The Joint Finance Committee, which serves as the state budget drafting committee, on Wednesday approved a measure asking outside companies to bid on contracts to repair the outdated computer system at the Department of Workforce Development.
Rep Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, said there is a danger in offering $ 80 million for a correction, without offering a list of what Wisconsin expects in return.
“This is basically a blank check for $ 80 million to figure out something for the IT system,” Born said.
The real price for upgrading DWD computers could be $ 80 million. But lawmakers say it could go as high as $ 45 million. That’s why the JFC Republicans want to call for proposals from companies.
“Basically we’re swinging $ 80 million and just waiting for someone to grab it,” added Senator Howard Marlein, R-Spring Green. “And having served in the army, believe me …
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