79.7 F
Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, October 6, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesUNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS TO BE ON THEIR WAY SOON

UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS TO BE ON THEIR WAY SOON

Oct. 31, 2003 – Checks will be going out shortly to unemployment insurance beneficiaries whose payments have been held up since the end of August because of a legislation language glitch.
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull signed the bill on Thursday that the Senate passed on Tuesday correcting the language in an amendment passed last May. The earlier measure stated that "No additional benefits shall be paid after Aug. 30, 2003." It was amended this week to specify that "No new claims shall be payable under the provisions of this Section after Aug. 30."
The governor called the Legislature into special session on Tuesday to make the needed change. After signing the bill, the governor told Senate President David Jones in a cover letter that enactment of the measure passed this week "corrects several deficiencies in the current law."
In a very short session, the senators unanimously approved the amendment, but not before a lot of finger-pointing about who was responsible for bringing the error to light. (See "Senate approves change in jobless benefits law".)
Labor Commissioner Cecil Benjamin said on Friday that the held-up unemployment checks should start going out Friday or Monday. "We knew the governor would sign the bill, so we had already started the process to get those documents on the way," he said.

Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name, and the city and state/country or island where you reside.
Publisher's note : Like the St. Croix Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much — and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice … click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.