We're afraid that we're going to have to rewrite the lyrics to The Mamas and The Papas classic song, "California Dreamin'":
The governor is Brown and the sky is gray.
I've been out of work on a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm if I could get pay;
California schemin' on such a winter's day.
The reason for the rewrite of the song this season is the ongoing problems that the state of California is having in processing new applications for insurance benefits. Californians who have recently been forced into the marketplace for those benefits are being prevented from receiving them thanks to a large number of technical glitches that are plaguing the state Economic Development Department's brand new computer and telephone application system that was specifically built to handle them.
Oh, before we go on, we should clarify that we're not talking about California's Obamacare enrollment system, which is experiencing similar issues. Instead, we're talking about the state's unemployment insurance system, which is preventing Californians who have recently lost their jobs from being able to obtain the unemployment insurance benefits for which they and their former employers have already paid the premiums.
It would seem that finally, after weeks of silence in which they hoped that all the technical problems would be fixed so newly jobless Californians could enjoy their benefits and begin really boosting the state's economy, the state's elected lawmakers are finallybecoming outraged at the state's bureaucrats' ongoing incompetence in fixing its broken system:
California lawmakers blasted state officials for their oversight of a computer problem that delayed jobless benefits for nearly 150,000 Californians, while front-line employees testified Wednesday that problems persist.
"This whole situation put a big black eye on how our constituents see the state of California," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, told Employment Development Department officials at an Assembly Insurance Committee oversight hearing, the first on the troubled project.
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