As indicated, Wisconsin’s current Budget proposal (now being considered by the state’s Joint Finance Committee in the legislature) proposes a sweeping change to the stability of the state’s workers’ compensation system.
The proposal axes the independent appeals commission, known as the Labor and Industry Review Commission. The Commission, or LIRC, handles appeals from workers’ compensation, equal rights, and unemployment insurance cases.
An insightful article about this proposal–from the perspective of unemployment– can be found here. This article (LIRC’s Elimination) is from one of the state’s foremost experts on unemployment, and it offers a deep dive into some of the potential reasoning behind this proposal. I’d encourage all interested stakeholders to take a look at this article in detail.