Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office)

About 20% of funding Virginia received from the latest round of federal coronavirus relief will go toward the state’s unemployment benefits fund.
The replenishment will hold off large tax hikes for the state’s employers, The Associated Press reported.
However, only about 2% will pay for improvements at the Virginia Employment Commission that has received widespread criticism for handling jobless claims during the pandemic.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam told AP it would be “fiscally irresponsible” to have the fund remain at its present levels.

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