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Judge to hear pitch to extend federal unemployment benefits in Indiana

A Marion County judge grants an emergency injunction, reinstating enhanced federal unemployment benefits for thousands of Hoosiers, at least for now.

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - A judge in Marion County is set on Wednesday to hear arguments from two groups seeking to reverse Gov. Eric Holcomb's decision to terminated added federal unemployment benefits this month.

The plaintiffs in the case argue that the move violates an Indiana law that requires the State procure all available federal insurance funds for its citizens.

It was filed by Indiana Legal Services and the firm of Macey, Swanson, Hicks and Sauer.

"We're hopeful our clients' voices will be heard by the court and they-along with all Hoosiers-will be able to continue receiving the much-needed benefits that have been incredibly important throughout the pandemic," said Jennifer Terry, ILS staff attorney and co-counsel for the case. "This increased aid has helped them provide for their families and maintain quality of life during a global health emergency and an economic crisis."

In May, Holcomb announced that Indiana would end its participation in all federally funded pandemic unemployment insurance programs in one month.

That terminated the following:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides a $300 weekly add-on to recipients of unemployment insurance
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides recipients extended benefits after their traditional 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits have been exhausted
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits to individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed, gig workers, and independent contractors
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides a $100 additional weekly benefit for individuals who are eligible for regular unemployment benefits but also earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income

Indiana is one of numerous states to end participation in those programs recently.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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