Modernizing Texas’ Unemployment Insurance System: Testimony to the Senate Committee on Economic Development

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Don Baylor /(512) 320-0222 x 108

March 30, 2009

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Unemployment Insurance (UI) helps keep Texas families and the state economy afloat in tough times. This public structure is weaker than it should be. The legislature can make modest improvements in the system to help more Texans remain active participants in the economy when they lose their jobs. Texans need this public structure more than ever, with state unemployment up 52 percent since the beginning of the recession.