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Governor reviews legislation; expected to sign

Governor Daniels addresses the media. Photo by Brian Flood

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has started signing off on legislation approved by the 2010 General Assembly.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brian Flood reports.

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Senate Approves Delay of Business Tax Increase to Pay for Unemployed

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would delay until January 2011 an increase in the amount of money going into the state unemployment compensation fund from mandatory business and employee paycheck contributions. The bill, as introduced by Republican Brandt Hershman, attempts to delay the tax increase that provides money for unemployed Hoosiers. Hershman says that’s because the increase comes at a bad time for businesses. But an amendment to the bill puts in place a new procedure requiring that benefits to former employees stop until both employer and employee have a hearing before an administrative law judge. Opponents of the provision, like Democrat Timothy Skinner, say that amendment was a deal breaker.

“Because the bill was changed, I am also going to have to change my support of this bill altogether. And I will be voting no.”

Despite the change in support, the Senate passed the measure 33 to 17, and it now goes to the House. At the start of 2009, the state had borrowed over 1-point-5 billion dollars from the federal government to keep the unemployment fund afloat.

-Scott Leadingham

Unemployment Fund Fix Runs Into Trouble

The federal government has warned Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development that the legislature’s recent fix to put money back in the unemployment insurance trust fund could hurt people out of work. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Republican Senate Leader, Harsh Words for Democrats on Jobless Fund

Senate Republican and President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne said today, House Democrats failure to send a bill to fund Indiana’s unemployment insurance fund to his chamber could ultimately result in a special session. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

House Proposed Unemployment Insurance Fund Fix

The Indiana House Labor Committee voted Tuesday on a plan to help fix Indiana’s depleted unemployment insurance fund by raising taxes on employers. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Committee Approves Changes To Unemployment Insurance

The Senate Pensions and Labor Committee today approved several bills to change unemployment insurance compensation laws. Supporters say the moves tighten oversight of how unemployment benefits are managed and could save taxpayers money. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Daniels Says Stimulus Money Could Fund Unemployment Benefits Shortfall

With news this week that Indiana’s unemployment rate has skyrocketed past the national average of seven point one percent to eight point two percent here in Indiana, it’s an issue lawmakers at the statehouse want to make a focus of the legislative session. As those numbers increase, it puts more pressure on the Department of Workforce Development, which has already borrowed two hundred ninety two million dollars from the federal government to pay benefits, after its reserve ran dry in November. It’s widely believed business tax increases will have to be a part of the solution to return money to the unemployment insurance trust fund. But today Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels suggested part of the four to five billion dollars federal stimulus package likely to be approved by Congress in mid-February could be used to help return money to the unemployment benefits fund. Those are welcome words to Senator Dennis Kruse, chairman of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, one of two legislative committees working on the unemployment insurance problem.

“I think that would be great if the governor would support that effort to have part of the stimulus money go toward actually paying back the federal government or using it to replenish the fund would be wonderful. I’m excited about it.”

Kruse says the federal plan may also stipulate that states, including Indiana, who have been borrowing federal money to pay unemployment benefits, might get to pay back those loans interest free. To date, that would save the state nearly twenty five million dollars.