York County Delegation Members Support Miller Amendment to Unemployment Compensation Reform Bill That Would Avoid Interruption in Benefits

Senate expected to vote legislation Friday 

Much-needed employment compensation reform legislation moved a step closer to passage Thursday thanks to an amendment offered by state Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Senate Bill 1030, authored by state Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), passed the House, with the Senate expected to concur Friday, sending the bill to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature. 

State Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Miller, Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover), all members of the York County Republican delegation, issued the following statement after Thursday’s vote: 

“What this amendment does on the surface is keep the process moving in order to avoid an interruption in unemployment compensation (UC) benefit payments for 45,000 Pennsylvanians. It also takes us a step closer to true reform in a program that is in dire need of it. 

“As amended, Senate Bill 1030 will bring Pennsylvania in line with the other 49 states by requiring anyone receiving benefits to conduct an active job search. It mandates that severance pay be factored into the equation when computing unemployment benefits. Additionally, the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund will realize an average annual savings of $133 million between 2012 and 2018 (total of nearly $1 billion over the period). 

“This bill strikes a balance between the need to take a look at necessary changes to the Unemployment Compensation System’s state of insolvency and the immediate concerns of Senator Gordner over ‘willful misconduct’ and ‘voluntary quit’ language. The senator has pledged to work on proper language that would address those issues. 

“Unemployment compensation was intended to be a bridge between job loss and job recovery. What we need to do is essentially build a better ‘bridge,’ one that is structurally and economically sound while providing transition support for those who truly need and deserve it.”  

Contact:  Scott Little

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