The U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human
Resources held a hearing today entitled “Unemployment Insurance: An Overview of
the Challenges and Strengths of Today’s System.” As part of the hearing, Utah’s
Unemployment Insurance Division Director Michelle Beebe testified about the
successes within Utah’s program and the current challenges states are facing.
“Utah is one of the top states in the country when it comes
to having low duration and exhaustion rates, and has one of the healthiest
Unemployment Trust Funds,” said Beebe. “Even with our success in re-employment,
there are challenges every state is experiencing regarding funding constraints
and the partnership with the federal government. States need flexibility to
continue along the path of sustainability and innovation.”
The purpose of the hearing was to examine the program
integrity, trust fund solvency and re-employment strategies within the
Unemployment Insurance system. Beebe was the last of four witnesses to testify
before the subcommittee, which included Florida’s director of Economic
Opportunity, an employer and an advocate organization.
“Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Program is a positive example
of how the system can protect workers and employers, which helps keep our
economy strong,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of
Workforce Services. “Having our Unemployment Insurance director asked to
testify before Congress is an honor and opportunity to help the federal
government understand how a state can be strategic and innovative.”
- Click here to view Michelle Beebe's oral testimony.