Rhode Island lawmakers mull $6.6M unemployment insurance scoop

A PHOTO OF the state capitol is taken from the Statehouse lawn in Providence./ COURTESY JACK NEWTON
A PHOTO OF the state capitol is taken from the Statehouse lawn in Providence./ COURTESY JACK NEWTON
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers are mulling a controversial proposal to dip into a near-$500 million unemployment insurance fund to pay for a popular job-training program called Real Jobs RI. The fiscal maneuvering would divert – or “scoop” – about $6.6 million each year from the UI fund – earmarked to pay benefits for unemployed…

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