Corman Supports Bill to Preserve UC Benefits for 45,000 Pennsylvanians

(HARRISBURG) — Legislation to provide 13 weeks of federal funded unemployment compensation benefits to an estimated 45,000 Pennsylvanians received final legislative approval today and was sent to the Governor for his signature, according to Sen. Jake Corman (R-34), who voted for the measure.

Senate Bill 1030 will enable an additional 90,000 claimants to remain eligible throughout the remainder of the calendar year to collect the additional 13 weeks of extended benefits.  This will result in an additional $350 million in federally funded extended benefits being paid to these claimants.

The Senate agreed to amendment that placed a limit on the maximum weekly benefit payment a recipient can receive and a requirement that those receiving benefits actively try to find work.  The measure would result in a savings of nearly $1 billion by 2018.

“Senate Bill 1030 will help to reduce abuse and ensure that benefits are going to the thousands of state residents who are trying to find work in a very tough economy,” Corman said. “One of the biggest reforms is the requirement that claimants must actively look for work.  Until now, Pennsylvania was the only state that did not make that a condition.”

The legislation also mandates that severance pay be factored in when unemployment benefits are calculated.

“The reforms included in this bill will provide the Commonwealth with $1 billion in cumulative savings from this year until 2018 and help to get our unemployment compensation system back in the black,”  Corman said.  “This is a good compromise that will provide much needed assistance to those who are seeking work and make long-term changes to reduce costs and bring greater accountability to the U.C. system.”

Mark Meyer