Jerry Brown seeks to terminate unemployment board

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Gov. Jerry Brown has called for the elimination of a state board that has long been a landing place for former lawmakers, who are rewarded with six-figure salaries.

Brown wants to do away with the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a move his administration says will save as much as $1.2 million. The board, which is comprised of five gubernatorial and two legislative appointees, currently has six former legislators among its members.

Board member Denise Ducheny, a former Democratic legislator from San Diego, said she doesn’t see how eliminating the board will save the state money since the panel is mostly federally funded.

She said board members each handled about 600 appeals for unemployment insurance claims last month, and called Brown’s efforts to eliminate the board ‘unfortunate … It’s an important board and it has a lot of value. People have this idea that it doesn’t do anything.’


-- Anthony York and Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento