Regional
10:21 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Texas MAy Borrow From Feds For Unemployment Benefits

Texas – A state official says Texas will likely borrow $1.5 billion from the federal government to pay jobless benefits through December.

It's unclear when state employers will have to pay a higher tax to repay the loan and build a required $863 million cushion in unemployment compensation trust fund.

The Dallas Morning News reports the three-member Texas Workforce Commission on Tuesday sought an estimate of how much the state would need to borrow from the federal government by Dec. 31.

The agency's chief financial officer, Randy Townsend, indicated the amount would be about $1.5 billion.

The state would not have to pay interest on the federal loans until January 2011.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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