TN Democrats push to revive state's extended unemployment
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Extended unemployment benefits ran out in April for 28,000 jobless people in Tennessee after state officials didn't adjust state law to comply with new federal standards.
Democrats in the state legislature are pushing to reinstate the benefits, with House and Senate committees scheduled to meet Monday to consider resurrecting the program.
The program means nearly $60 million in federal funds to pay up to 20 more weeks of benefits.
House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, who is pushing to reinstate the program, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press, said it might have fallen through the cracks in the gubernatorial transition from Democrat Phil Bredesen to Haslam.
A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that the governor hasn't seen the legislation.
Two dozen states made the adjustment in time.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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