MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Benefits paid to unemployed people in Wisconsin would be reduced by $37 million over the next two years under a Republican-backed plan slated to be approved by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

The Joint Finance Committee planned to vote on the proposal Wednesday, within hours of it being introduced.

The cut in benefits would come due to various changes making it more difficult to receive benefits. In one area, a number of exceptions that allow people who voluntarily leave their job to receive benefits are removed.

Under all the changes, the state's unemployment reserve fund would go from having a projected $10 million shortfall next year to a $15 million positive balance.