A special committee overseeing an overhaul of the state's unemployment system recommended spending as much as $128 million to cover fraudulent and improper payments made from the state's unemployment trust fund during the pandemic.
The legislatively created panel agreed to send its recommendation to the legislative budget committee and the Legislative Coordinating Council.
Those committees ultimately will have to approve the final amount for the unemployment insurance fund.
The money will come out of $250 million in federal COVID-19 relief money that the Legislature already set aside to cover fraudulent payments made from the fund during the . . .