Yet a number of other bigger factors are having an impact on the worker shortage, and Republicans are not in a big hurry to change those elements, like child care.
Evers has argued Republicans could help draw more workers to the state if they invested in education, transit, health care or child care.
Two crazy things: Republicans never believed in shutting down businesses during a global pandemic. And second, Republicans see a chance to blame what was a preexisting labor shortage, on statewide restrictions Gov. Evers put in place for the COVID pandemic along with the $300 bonus unemployment benefits he won't repeal.
Here's what Robin Vos' mistake ridden press release said:
“Governor Evers refuses to acknowledge the facts. People will not go back to work when the government continues to pay them to sit on the couch.#WrongRobin - Vos uses "alternative" facts based on anecdotal comments from Vos business supporters who won't pay enough to get workers. Also, repealing the $300 bonus takes that money out of the local economy where it would have been spent. States that repealed the $300 bonus didn't see an improvement:
The New York Times reported that in Missouri when federal pay for the unemployed was scrapped, workers still were being choosy. Gov. Mike Parson (R) proudly proclaimed that his state would be among the first to kill unemployment benefits. It still hasn't worked, however."Work-force development officials said they had seen virtually no uptick in applicants since the governor's announcement, which ended a $300 weekly supplement to other benefits," said the report. "And the online job site Indeed found that in states that have abandoned the federal benefits, clicks on job postings were below the national average."
A recent labor report begs to differ with Vos too.
Many hard-hit sectors are rebounding faster than anecdotal evidence would suggest. The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector accounting for nearly half of the increase in private payrolls this month. Manufacturing payrolls growth slowed.We're now seeing major pay increases everywhere, $15 or more an hour...wait, Democrats have been pushing this same increase for years. Guess they were right.
Low wages just weren't cutting it anymore:
In April, food and accommodation services saw a record 5.6% of workers quit in April up from 5.4% in March. A record high of 4 million people (2.7% rate) quit their jobs in April, with the largest in retail (106,000) and professional business services (94,000).
CHILDCARE? Hey Vos, why not demand aid for Child care too? If Republicans are so obsessed with repealing the $300 to get people back to work, why don't they help pay for child care?
Melissa Swift, global leader of workforce transformation at consulting firm Korn Ferry, tells Axios. "We basically burned out the global workforce over the last year. One of the ways people deal with burnout is switching employers." More than 4 in 10 workers say they're considering leaving their jobs, according to a study by Microsoft, while Pew has found that 66% of unemployed Americans have seriously considered changing their occupation.
Quick take: Analysts at Morgan Stanley wrote in a report this month that supplemental government benefits "are likely no more of a factor than other impediments to workplace re-entry."
The analysts cited the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book (a snapshot of economic conditions in Fed districts), in which child care, transportation, and health care were widely cited in addition to unemployment benefits as holding back potential workers. The extra benefits roll off in September, coinciding with school re-openings, which will help solve serious childcare issues.
NOTE: Vos is also very wrong to withhold food stamps, tying them to work registration requirements:
“If the goal is to encourage people to work, then this is not a policy that is working as intended,” said Adam Leive, a professor at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, who worked on the study.
And on top of that, work requirements “are indeed a direct cause of many people leaving SNAP,” said Elena Prager, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and another of the researchers. “Almost a quarter of people who are on SNAP end up losing their SNAP benefits as a direct result of work requirement implementation,” she said.