Steinitz: Cancelling Wisconsin is "populist, irresponsible"

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the government's plan to freeze the Wisconsin Plan in Sunday morning's cabinet meeting.
“Until now, we successfully avoided high unemployment rates of 10-20% like those in Europe and the US,” Steinitz said. “Last week, our struggle against unemployment took a hit, when the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee did not renew the program. Not renewing the program is a scandal that may cause thousands of Israelis to lose their jobs.”
Steinitz added that “the decision to cancel the program is populist, cheap and irresponsible. The Prime Minister and I decided this morning that within a few weeks, we will propose a new nation-wide employment program, and we will not give in to populist pressures.