Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky businesses are reopening and restrictions have been lifted after a year and a half pandemic. Yet thousands of Kentuckians are still waiting on unemployment benefits after the Beshear Administration took a one-size-fits-all approach and shut down much of our economy. Since March of 2020, 123,000 unemployment claims are still pending. As the unemployment office continues to fail Kentuckians, Governor Beshear blames the antiquated system and even former Governor Bevin. Beshear fails to take responsibility and is further hurting our economy by extending unemployment benefits, giving rise to a labor shortage. The Beshear Administration’s massive shutdown of businesses and failure to properly handle unemployment claims amply demonstrates that the government cannot solve all of our problems, not even the ones they create and had advance notice of. And voters will be reminded of that, come election time.