Cutler Supports Bi-Partisan Unemployment Compensation Reform Legislation

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) released the following statement regarding House passage of Senate Bill 1030, which would allow 45,000 Pennsylvanians to maintain their unemployment compensation benefits, while also reforming the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation system: 

“The biggest selling point of this legislation for me is that it will provide the Commonwealth $1 billion in cumulative savings from this year until 2018.  Our unemployment compensation system is nearly $4 billion in debt to the federal government, and we needed to make comprehensive changes to ensure the solvency of the fund.  While I would have liked the bill to go even further in its reform efforts, this was the best compromise we could achieve with a federal deadline looming. 

“Pennsylvania is the only state that does not require active job searches to maintain unemployment benefits.  This legislation will require claimants to make a reasonable effort to obtain work.  It would also offset unemployment compensation to the extent that individuals receive a severance package. 

“There was debate over how to handle dismissal for willful misconduct, but language regarding the issue was amended out of the final version.  I believe we should come back to the table to address this issue before the end of this session.  Unemployment compensation was established to provide temporary assistance to individuals who were laid off or downsized.  It was never meant to be a long-term resting place for people who were terminated for cause.” 

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State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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