Governor signs legislation expanding unemployment benefits

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The bill also increases the internet speed for Alaska schools.

    House Bill 308 waived a one week waiting period for benefits and also increases the weekly benefit for dependents from $24 to $75 per week.

    "Last week, I called for an aggressive expansion of unemployment benefits to hardworking Alaskans suffering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak," Governor Mike Dunleavy said, "This bill represents a big win for Alaska's workers.  I thank the legislature for taking this important first step and look forward to enacting additional relief soon."

    Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Dr. Tamika Ledbetter said they plan to hire more staff to handle the increase in unemployment filings, "HB 308 gives my team in the unemployment division the needed tools to be flexible and to expedite much-needed payment of benefits to impacted Alaskans.  Passage of this legislation was a collaborative effort."

    Senate Bill 74 increase the minimum internet speed for all of Alaska's schools from 10 megabits per second to 25 megabits per second.  Supporters said it will enhance the delivery and quality of education to Alaska students and expand access to affordable internet for schools.

     

     

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