Press Release from Tennessee Citizen Action, May 21, 2011:
Statement on Passage of Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization
Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2011) — Today, a week after the Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development announced that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April rose to 9.6 percent, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation that will fix a dangerous problem for thousands of hardworking Tennesseans. The bill restored 20 weeks of unemployment insurance compensation that job-seeking Tennesseans had lost due to a clerical error.
“Unemployed Tennesseans and their families are struggling and we needed our leaders to work together on this very serious issue – and we’re thrilled that they did,” said Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, “Hardworking Tennesseans are our most valuable resource, and our senators and representatives saw the sense in investing in them during this difficult economic time.”
Sponsored by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (Ripley) and Senate Senate Minority Leader Lowe Finney (Jackson), the bill will give much-needed help to families desperate to keep on top of their bills and feed and clothe their children.