2000 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Reynolds
Supplemental Unemployment Funds

Item 120 #1s

Item 120 #1s

First Year - FY1999 Second Year - FY2000
Commerce and Trade
Virginia Employment Commission FY1999 $0 FY2000 $1,061,280 GF

Page 99, line 34, strike "$365,853,439" and insert "$366,914,719".
Page 100, after line 27, insert:
"E.  This appropriation includes $1,061,280 the second year from the general fund to provide supplemental unemployment compensation payments to out-of-work employees of textile companies located in Planning District Commission #12 that either ceased business operations, terminated employees for reasons other than "just cause", or announced job terminations during the period from July 1, 1999 through January 17, 2000.  Special Unemployment Benefits from the Unemployment Trust Fund shall begin upon the effective date of this Act and end no later than June 30, 2001.  The supplement shall not exceed $60 per week for 52 weeks.  To be eligible, former employees must first qualify for the regular Unemployment Insurance Program.  An employee is automatically disqualified from the supplemental program upon losing eligibility for the regular Unemployment Insurance Program.  Any unexpended balances for this purpose shall revert to the general fund."

(This amendment provides $1.1 million to VEC for a special unemployment supplement program. The program targets the textile industry and addresses the needs of workers who lost their jobs between July 1, 1999 through January 17, 2000. There is a companion amendment in SB 30 to continue the program.)