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PA Lawmakers Nearing Agreement On Funding Jobless System

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — After a year of fights over how to pay for Pennsylvania’s claims system for jobless workers, lawmakers say they’re getting close to a bipartisan solution.  A standoff last year over financial mismanagement in the unemployment compensation program resulted in nearly 500 layoffs. Some workers have since been brought back, but not all. A new plan passed through the House Labor and Industry Committee on Monday would give the UC program $115.2 million, which would be gradually phased out over four years. That’s less money than the program was getting before the layoffs, and it’s unclear if it would be enough to rehire any more furloughed workers. $115.2 million is also significantly less than Governor Tom Wolf had asked for, and a lot more than Republican Committee Chair Rob Kauffman originally proposed.