Oregon's unemployment and paid leave programs are bleak. Here's how the Democrats running for governor say they will deal with the situation

Oregon's unemployment and paid leave programs are bleak. Here's how the Democrats running for govern ...

The past two years have highlighted the government's failure to prepare functioning safety nets when residents most need them, as the epidemic quickly left many workers unemployed and exacerbated many Oregonians' financial difficulties.

As workers waited for weeks or months, the state's Employment Department fought to pay out jobless benefits. The agency could not authorize the expanded payments authorized by Congress until programmers completed thousands of hours of work on Oregon's 1990s computer system.

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