Phillips-Hill proposes measure to require unemployment compensation data to be posted daily

HARRISBURG – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) will introduce legislation aimed at improving transparency and providing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are still awaiting unemployment compensation with daily updates.

“The number one inquiry to our office comes from local citizens who still have not had a resolution to their unemployment compensation claim with the Department of Labor and Industry,” Phillips-Hill said. “By providing this information to the public daily, it will improve transparency and accountability of a system that serves as a lifeline in times like these. I continue to hear from York Countians who have waited a month with no resolution to their claim. That is unacceptable.”

Phillips-Hill said her legislation would require updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry that would run parallel to the updates provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the total number of coronavirus cases in the Commonwealth.

“There are over 1.5 million Pennsylvanians who applied for unemployment. The updates to date have been shrouded in secrecy. If the governor can find time to create a new portal to encourage citizens to tattle on each other for working during his mandated shutdown, clearly the administration can pop out a daily report for people who are at home without work and awaiting this much-needed funding,” she added.

You can read more about Phillips-Hill’s proposal here.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments here.