Federal Promotion of State Unemployment Insurance

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Advance Preparation for Future Emergencies

A system of federal tax levies and tax credits which would afford a powerful incentive for the rapid adoption of unemployment insurance laws by the states is proposed in the Wagner-Lewis bill introduced in both houses of Congress, February 5, 1934, with administration support. The federal government is without constitutional authority to establish a national system of unemployment insurance, nor is it considered desirable that there be more than a rough uniformity in such systems of insurance or unemployment reserves as may be established by the states. Some form of protection for the workers in future unemployment emergencies, however, is considered highly desirable by the present administration, and the Wagner-Lewis bill is designed to bring pressure upon the state legislatures ...

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