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Helm Supports Comprehensive Unemployment Compensation Reform
6/16/2011

Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) released the following statement regarding unanimous passage of Senate Bill 1030 today in the House, which would provide the first comprehensive reform of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system since 1988. 

 

The measure would result in a savings of nearly $1 billion by 2018.

 

“Senate Bill 1030, sponsored by Senator John Gordner, takes a commonsense approach to reforming our unemployment compensation system.  It should help to reduce abuse and ensure that benefits are going to the thousands of state residents who are struggling to find a job.

 

“It is only reasonable that claimants are now required to be actively looking for work in order to receive benefits.  Pennsylvania was the only state in the country where that was not a condition.

 

“The legislation also creates a severance pay offset.  That means people who’ve lost their jobs won’t be able to double-dip.  It mandates that severance pay be factored in when unemployment benefits are calculated.

 

“Perhaps most importantly, Senate Bill 1030 will go a long way toward bringing Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund back into the black.  The average annual savings between 2012 and 2018 will be $133 million, with most of those savings coming in the first four years.”

 

Senate Bill 1030, as amended, now goes back to the Senate where a vote is expected on Friday.  Timely passage, and Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature, will ensure that unemployment compensation benefits will not be interrupted for 45,000 Pennsylvanians currently looking for work.

 

State Representative Sue Helm
104th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Andy Briggs
abriggs@pahousegop.com
717.260.6474
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