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Earl Ray Tomblin on Jobs


Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system

We must be responsible stewards of State finances. We did that with our West Virginia Unemployment Trust Fund. Our fund is stable and solvent. While 27 other states have had to borrow billions from the federal government to pay benefits, we have not borrowed one dime!

We took the necessary steps to reform and privatize our workers' compensation system. That effort has resulted in rates that have been reduced by more than 47% since 2005. Our premiums are now below the national average!

Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address , Jan 11, 2012

$20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund

Unemployment compensation programs around the country have been in a financial crisis. To make sure that we do not have to [take extreme measures] in the future, I am proposing legislation that would allow the Unemployment Compensation Fund to borrow up to $20 million from our Rainy Day Funds. This will assure employers that they will not be subject to tax increases and let employees know that the State is serious about making sure that their benefits will be there while our economy recovers.
Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2011

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