Inspector General report finds $63 billion in unemployment improper payments — and that’s likely an understatement

The Inspector General of the US Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday issued an update about improper payments and fraud involving federal and state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits paid since the pandemic struck last March. ....

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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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What unemployment benefits are in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’?

Even though Congress extended federal unemployment benefits through mid-March just a few weeks ago (with a “soft phaseout” through mid-April), President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” already calls for continuing and expanding those ....

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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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Federal unemployment benefits to eclipse $500 billion

With its 5593-page legislative text just released, news accounts suggest the coronavirus relief package expected to be considered by the House and Senate today will push total federal unemployment benefit payments in the 12 months ....

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Bipartisan coronavirus relief plan offers path to broader agreement

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, including members of the House “Problem Solvers Caucus” led by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), released a $908 billion framework for extending coronavirus relief. ....

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