Clark: Proposal to cut to unemployment benefits 'inhuman'

05/28/2010 10:53 AM

Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville

(UPDATED 12:04 p.m.) FRANKFORT — The chief House sponsor of the underwater unemployment insurance fund fix said proposed amendments to the bill offered by Republican Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg were “inhuman” and wouldn’t be accepted by the House.

“I’m disappointed with Sen. Givens,” Clark said, who served with Givens on a task force of business and workers groups to find a fix to the beleaguered fund. “And to cut unemployment benefits to the 225,000 people in the commonwealth of Kentucky is inhuman. It shows where your priorities are.”

Click here to see details of what Givens to propose.

Clark said if the Senate passes Givens’ two amendments dealing with reducing benefits — which Givens said would help the fund get out of the red faster — it might “kill the bill.” The House, however, could simply not agree to those amendments and send it back to the Senate to approve as-is.

Clark said Givens raised the issues Thursday night for political purposes “to play to the business community.”

“It was a dog-and-pony show for Sen. Givens,” he said. “It was disingenuous. They’re playing politics with an important piece of public policy, and I’m above that.”

UPDATED: Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican, stuck up for Givens saying that the amendments “had merits.”

He then described Clark as having “an antiquated mentality and very narrow tunnel vision.”

- Ryan Alessi and Kenny Colston


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