Unemployment fraud in California may reach 27 percent

A senior California official overseeing the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD), which administers unemployment benefits, admitted yesterday that potentially 27 percent of benefits paid in the state since the coronavirus crisis began have been fraudulent: ....

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Federal dollars keep California ‘swimming in money’

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest budget proposal released last week suggests, as one article summarized, the state is currently “swimming in money,” including “a $15 billion one-time surplus.” That’s a massive turnaround from early in ....

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Is Silicon Valley over?

California is “America on fast forward,” according to sociologist Manuel Pastor. As he sees it, many of today’s biggest challenges — from climate change to inequality — arrived in the Golden State first. And thus ....

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Inspector general’s report confirms warnings of vulnerability of pandemic unemployment benefits to fraud

A recent report from the US Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General (IG) spotlights why it’s far too easy to rip off the temporary federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  The October 21 report, titled ....

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