Eric Bradner continues his excellent reporting on legislative efforts to deal with the insolvent unemployment insurance fund. The fund is currently borrowing huge gobs of cash from the federal government, undermining the mythology of a certain federal government disdaining, budget balancing Governor. I hasten to add that the UI fund’s financial problems are not of the Governor’s making; but they also sure are not anything he’s done much to solve.
See some background here and here. In 2009, the Democratic House and the Republican Senate passed a compromise measure that raised taxes on business and cut benefits to the unemployed. In 2010, the General Assembly voted to stall implementation of that compromise. And, this year, with the political landscape changed to give the G.O.P. firm control of Indiana government, a bill is moving forward that will increase the burden on workers receiving money from the unemployment fund and decrease it (though not entirely) on business.