Half a Billion Dollars in Funding Rep. Davids Helped Secure to be Used to Update Kansas Unemployment Computer System

April 26, 2021
Press Release
Governor Kelly signs bill supported by Kansas Republicans and Democrats

Today, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a bipartisan unemployment reform package that dedicates $500 million of American Rescue Plan funding to overhaul the 40-year old computer system used to distribute unemployment assistance in Kansas. Representative Sharice Davids was the only member of the Kansas federal delegation to support the American Rescue Plan and those federal funds. The $500 million allocated by the American Rescue Plan will also reimburse employers for fraudulent claims and extend the pandemic-inspired, 26-week jobless benefit into September.


“Under previous governors, Kansas’ unemployment insurance systems were neglected for nearly a decade, forcing our state to rely on outdated technology during the worst health and economic crisis of our lifetimes,” said Davids. “The consequences of this neglect have left Kansans struggling to file unemployment claims or waiting weeks to receive their benefits, which they depend on to feed their families and pay rent. I am proud to have helped get the funding to upgrade the system, thankful for Governor Kelly’s continued dedication to helping unemployed Kansans, and glad to see bipartisan support for the package received in the state legislature.”


The American Rescue Plan, which Davids voted to support, is putting shots in arms, children back in schools, and people in jobs. It also allocated $2 million to the US Department of Labor.


Davids had also previously urged US Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to provide funding for technology and infrastructure modernization efforts for unemployment insurance administration. She also sponsored a bill to address unemployment systems across the country.