NASHVILLE — Thousands of jobless Tennesseans are expected to see their extended unemployment benefits restored soon after Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday signed into law a bill reviving the federal program.
The federal program provides an additional 20 weeks of benefits after 26 weeks of state benefits and 53 weeks of other federal aid runs out. State Labor and Workforce Development officials have previously said they are working to restore the program as soon as possible.
An estimated 28,000 longtime unemployed Tennesseans will be affected.
Benefits will be retroactive to April 16 when the Haslam administration allowed the program to expire after officials failed to adjust state law to new federal requirements. State officials have tried to pin the blame on the U.S. Labor Department, saying they were told Tennessee wouldn’t need to adjust its law.
The Extended Benefits program will run through the end of the year.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...