Under Governor Jared Polis, Colorado has overpaid more than $73.1 million in fraudulent unemployment benefit payments. That figure is from March 2020 to April of 2021. This amount of misallocated funds is simply unacceptable. This includes almost $4 million that was paid to dead people. While Colorado families that need unemployment deal with long wait times, 7 weeks on average, thieves thrive on the system. We need to overhaul an obviously failing Department of Labor and get help faster to the people of Colorado that actually need help, rather than criminals.
Colorado ranks 5th in the nation in the percentage of improper unemployment insurance payments. From July 2018 to June 2021, 26.97% of payments were overpayments. This is simply unacceptable.