Legislation to help ease a problem that has been causing delays in paying benefits to the state's unemployed workers has been sent to Governor Tom Corbett.
House Bill 26 passed the state Senate on Thursday.
The legislation would supplement federal funding for the administration of unemployment compensation by transferring funds from existing revenue to assist with processing claims, according to Rep. Bill Keller (D-Philadelphia), who authored the bill.
Keller said the money would come from existing employee tax contributions as mandated by law and be paid over four years, with $40 million transferred in the first year.
Keller said Pennsylvanians who are unemployed through no fault of their own have been waiting far too long to get paid and get answers about their claims. He said it is the state's responsibility to get these claims processed in time.