Unemployment Compensation Funding Solution in Sight

As I noted in a previous post, a bitter fight inside the Bureau of Labor and Industry resulted in the layoff of 521 state employees, causing agonizing waits for those seeking unemployment compensation benefits. The Pennsylvania Senate voted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to authorize a stopgap funding bill that should bring about a temporary truce but is not a permanent solution to a problem that has bedeviled three straight governors. Gov. Wolf expressed concern that quick callbacks of furloughed employees may not make sense if they end up being laid off several months from now. The bill requires Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino to provide plans for a long-term solution to this problem by June 15, 2017.

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