**UPDATE: On March 14th, 2018, The Alaska House passed HB 142. It will now head to the Senate. We will need you to reach out to Senators and once again urge their support of this piece of legislation.**
Urge your legislator to support HB 142- Sign the petition
What does HB 142 do?
Raises the Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount for Unemployment Insurance: Currently, the amount is only $370 a week, which only provides 36% of the state's average weekly wage. HB 142 raises it to $510 a week.
Brings Alaska more in line with the average weekly benefits across the country: In order to keep our skilled workers and attract hardworking individuals to work here, we need to be competitive with other states and that includes our unemployment insurance. This raise will mean that Alaska is in line with the national average for wage replacement ratios with 50% wage replacement.
Why do we need HB 142?
- 37th in Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount
- 44th in Average Weekly Benefit Amount
- 52nd in Wage Replacement Ratio (meaning our benefit replaces the lowest percentage of someone's working wage)
- 11th in Recipiency Rate (how many unemployed workers are receiving benefits)