Cutting Unemployment Benefits

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House Bill 317 and Senate Bill 171 have some never-before-seen ways of hurting workers and kicking the unemployed off Unemployment Insurance. It would reduce benefits from 26 to 20 weeks, and decrease the amount if benefits over time to just 25% of the initial amount for the last five weeks.

More information about these bills from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Media coverage in the Lexington Herald Leader: ‘Salt in the wounds of laid-off Kentuckians.’ Bill slashing jobless benefits advances.

See an action alert from the Kentucky AFL-CIO.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Reps. Webber & Huff; Sen. Robby Mills

HB 317 was approved by the House Small Business & Information Technology Committee on February 21 by an 10-7 vote (see how committee members voted). On March 12, the House Rules Committee reassigned HB 317 to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee, signaling the likelihood that the bill is dead – unless it shows up as a last-minute amendment to another bill.

SB 171 is assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes