Advocates, community leaders call on elected officials to extend CARES Act unemployment benefits

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – This pandemic has left a record number of people unemployed, and some in our community are calling for more help for those who are struggling.

The group Citizen Action Wisconsin held a rally in Riverside Park on Tuesday.

They are calling on Congress and the President to extend and expand the CARES Act that’s set to expire at the end of July.

State Representative Steve Doyle talked about its importance for thousands of Wisconsin workers.

If it expires those who are unemployed or lost hours will lose their weekly $600 stimulus benefit.

Advocates and community leaders say there will be devastating consequences if a new round of relief isn’t passed.

“This isn’t something short, this isn’t a blip, where people are unemployed for three months and everything’s great,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director for Citizens Action Wisconsin.

May’s unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 12%, compared to 13.3% nationwide, according to the Department of Workforce Development.