September 2, 2011
Infographic: A Due Date Nears on Unemployment Trust Fund Loans
By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline; Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline
Later this month, states will have to make the first interest payment on the money they borrowed from the federal government to keep sending unemployment checks to workers who've lost their jobs. Some 28 states have outstanding loans with the federal government. According to a May estimate by Federal Funds Information for States , the total interest due by September 30 is $1.3 billion. The federal stimulus package had provided interest-free loans to states, but that grace period has expired. Earlier this year, President Obama asked Congress to waive those interest payments for another two years, but the idea went nowhere. The proposal could resurface when Congress returns this month and takes up the president's jobs package.