Press Enterprise: Why are unemployment checks months late? State audit aims to find out
By David Downey — Published: Sept. 17, 2020
Out-of-work Southern Californians have been waiting months for unemployment checks to arrive as the coronavirus pandemic rages and employed residents have mistakenly received piles of payments for which they didn’t ask.
Now fed-up lawmakers have demanded an emergency audit of the state agency that handles those claims, the Employment Development Department.
The respective chair and vice chair of California’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield; and state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside; with the panel’s support, forwarded a directive to the state auditor this week to look into the matter.