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DWD Says Reforms Will Cut Unemployment Fraud

A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development says his agency is now using two new tools to help Hoosier businesses and individuals combat unemployment fraud and abuse.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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Unemployment numbers released; rate holds steady

Indiana’s January unemployment numbers were announced today showing job loss has slowed.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brian Flood has the story.

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Fewer Unemployed People in Indiana

Indiana’s unemployment rate decreased slightly last month according to a report from the state’s Department of Workforce Development. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement on Unemployment Funds

Indiana legislators have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix the state’s unemployment insurance fund and pay back federal borrowing currently being used to pay benefits to people out of work. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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Thousands Protest Proposed Unemployment Insurance Cuts

Thousands of people packed the Indiana Statehouse today, with hundreds more waiting outside, for a rally opposing a measure to cut Indiana’s unemployment benefits. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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House Democrats Present Unemployment Fund Fix

House Democrats have put forth a plan they say will return funds to the now bankrupt accounts that pay benefits to people out of work, while paying back hundreds of millions of dollars of federal borrowing that began in November to pay those benefits. The plan, presented during a conference committee hearing at the Indiana statehouse today, relies on over a billion new business tax dollars annually. It also calls for as much as 390 million dollars in cost cutting measures. Committee chairman David Niezgodski of South Bend says it includes flexible tax rates that rise and fall with the amount of money available to pay unemployment benefits.

“This trigger and index system is an attempt to make sure that Indiana never reaches a deficit like this again.”

Niezgodski and Republican Senator Dennis Kruse of Auburn, two of the lead negotiators on the unemployment insurance insolvency matter, say they believe the legislature can reach an agreement by the end of the session next Wednesday.

Labor Committee Chairs on Unemployment Insurance Crisis

Outside of the budget, the issue that will likely has the most fiscal impact on Hoosiers that the Indiana General Assembly will have to address is the matter of unemployment insurance. The state’s been borrowing money from the federal government to pay unemployment insurance since November. And with Indiana’s number of people out of work now higher than the national average, there’s even more pressure to find a solution fast. This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland spoke with two of the men at the front of the effort, Senate Pensions and Labor Chairman Dennis Kruse of Auburn and House Labor Committee Chairman David Niezgodski of South Bend.