Gov. Walker signs unemployment benefit changesSubmitted: 07/05/2013
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Gov. Walker signs unemployment benefit changes
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment insurance payout but install new limits on who can collect the benefits.

The bill increases the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370.

It also makes it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed by allowing audits of beneficiaries, repeals a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they're enrolled in vocational training and bars inmates in work-release programs from collecting unemployment.

The measure cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in June. Walker signed it into law on Friday.

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