Members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Thursday rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to axe the independent board that handles employment disputes in Wisconsin.
The Labor and Industry Review Commission dates back to 1911, when it was first formed as the State Industrial Commission. The independent agency resolves disputes over unemployment insurance, workers compensation and equal rights in the workplace, reviewing appeals of decisions from the state Department of Workforce Development and the state Department of Administration.
Under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, the agency’s functions would have been transferred to the governor’s administration. Walker argued eliminating the commission would “remove an unnecessary layer of government” and streamline the timeline for decisions.