Monday, February 3, 2014

Senator Tarr’s Statement on Unemployment Insurance Reform

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today, following the Senate’s adoption of an order scheduling debate on an unemployment insurance reform bill for Thursday, February 6th:

“The need for reforming our broken unemployment insurance system is clear, and legislative action is long overdue.  Senate Republicans have been offering reforms consistently for the past several years.  Finally, the opportunity is before us to take the steps necessary to implement lasting reforms that will encourage businesses to hire workers, make the system fair for all, and prevent the types of abuses that have plagued the system for years, while at the same time ensuring that the trust fund remains solvent.

Now that it appears the Senate is serious about bringing this issue to the floor, we will be offering a series of amendments to achieve these goals.  Hopefully, this week we can pass the type of real reform bill that we have been calling for repeatedly, and one that will break the cycle of perennial rate freezes while positive change waits for action.”