26 March 2020 – Governor requests release of federal unemployment funds

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Social Services
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Finance policy and financial aid
Level of Jurisdiction: Texas
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott announced his request for access to interest-free federal loans (known as Title XII funds) to pay unemployment claims and the accelerated release of funds from the Texas account of the federal Unemployment Trust Fund. Title XII is a federal process that allows states to receives advances (loans) from the federal government to continue to cover Unemployment Benefit payments without disruption.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-requests-release-of-federal-unemployment-funds

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL group of non-academics (e.g. business or community leaders)
Evidence/Justification: “As job loss and other economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic grow, we are committed to drawing upon all available resources to help Texas hardest hit by the crisis,” said Governor Abbott. “With claims on the rise, our current balance of unemployment funds is projected to run out by the end of next month, so we must accelerate the delivery of necessary dollars.” “The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is committed to ensuring all Texans who are eligible receive unemployment funds,” said Bryan Daniel, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. “This approach, which has served Texas well during hurricane recovery and the recession of 2008, should do so again.”