Indexing Unemployment Insurance to Economic Conditions
Tying the duration of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to a state’s unemployment rate is a proven reform to replenish the UI trust fund, stabilize it for future economic downturns, cut business taxes, and move people back into the workforce more quickly when jobs are plentiful.
Preserving States’ Roles in Overseeing Unemployment Programs
Unemployment programs were meant to be administered by states, not dictated by the federal government. With FGA’s reforms, states can preserve their role in a program that should be a path to reemployment, not a perpetual government benefit that traps people in dependency and disincentivizes work.
Incentivizing Work Search and Long-Term Employment
Strengthening work search requirements for individuals on unemployment will help to ensure accountability for those receiving benefits, both encouraging a return to work and preserving resources in the program.
Setting Suitable Benefit Amounts
Unemployment benefits should not be a replacement payment or pay people more to stay home than to work. Federal policies during the pandemic—coupled with regular state benefits—did just that. FGA promotes reasonable, temporary benefit amounts as a cushion to help people get back on their feet and return to work as quickly as possible.
How Indexing Unemployment Benefits Can Help States Weather Economic Downturns
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on America with the loss of lives, severe illness, and some of the worst unemployment the country has ever seen. Lives were changed almost overnight. People could no longer visit loved ones in nursing homes. Weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and even funerals were postponed or canceled. To help fight COVID-19, […]READ MORE
WI State Rep. Alex Dallman: Work is fundamental
Sen. Dallman discusses how unemployment indexing would help reform the state’s unemployment program.watch video
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