Labor C'tee ends without Wisconsin Plan decision
"I see how hard it is more for to get one shekel from the Ministry of Finance, and now it's suddenly willing to spend billions on the Wisconsin Plan. Why? Because private companies are profiting from it? Where did the Treasury's largess come from?" asked Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee chairman MK Haim Katz (Likud) during a special meeting yesterday about a possible expansion of the Wisconsin Plan.
After 90 minutes of discussion, the meeting adjourned without a decision. The meeting, including commentary, was packed with lobbyists, and public relations people.
Katz's comments were in response to figures presented by Adv. Oshrat Maimon of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which showed that Wisconsin Plan's budget per unemployed person handled was 14 times higher than the budget of the Israel National Employment Service. Maimon said that the placement cost of one unemployed person through the Wisconsin Plan was at least NIS 20,000 compared with NIS 700 at the Employment Service.
Maimon asserted, "Despite this expenditure, the Wisconsin Plan achieved only twice as many job placements. If this money were channeled to the Employment Service, it would achieve far better results."
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor director general Sharon Kedmi said, "The Wisconsin Plan is expensive, but the placement of 20,000-40,000 income support recipients and moving them from welfare to work has great repercussions on the labor market."
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