268.194 Reemployment insurance fund.
Subdivision 1. Establishment; how constituted. There is hereby established as a special fund, separate and apart from all public moneys or funds of this state, a reemployment insurance fund, which shall be administered by the commissioner exclusively for the purpose of sections 268.03 to 268.23. This fund shall consist of:
(1) All contributions collected under those sections;
(2) Interest earned upon any moneys in the fund;
(3) Any property or securities acquired through the use of moneys belonging to the fund;
(4) All earnings of such property or securities;
(5) Any moneys received from the Federal Unemployment Account in the unemployment trust fund in accordance with Title XII of the Social Security Act, as amended, and any other moneys made available to the fund and received pursuant to an agreement, between this state and any agency of the federal government or any other state, for the payment of unemployment benefits;
(6) All money recovered on losses sustained by the fund;
(7) All money credited to the account of this state in the unemployment trust fund pursuant to section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended; and
(8) All money received for the fund from any other source.
All moneys in the fund shall be mingled and undivided.
Subd. 2. Commissioner of finance to be custodian; separate accounts; bonds. The commissioner of finance shall be ex officio the treasurer and custodian of the fund, administer the fund in accordance with the directions of the commissioner, and issue warrants upon it in accordance with such rules as the commissioner shall prescribe. The commissioner of finance shall maintain within the fund three separate accounts:
(1) a clearing account;
(2) an unemployment trust fund account; and
(3) a benefit account.
All money payable to the fund, upon receipt thereof by the commissioner, shall be forwarded to the commissioner of finance who shall immediately deposit them in the clearing account. All money in the clearing account, after clearance thereof, shall, except as herein otherwise provided, be immediately deposited with the secretary of the treasury of the United States to the credit of the account of this state in the unemployment trust fund established and maintained pursuant to section 904 of the Social Security Act, as amended, any provisions of law in this state relating to the deposit, administration, release, or disbursement of money in the possession or custody of this state to the contrary notwithstanding. Refunds payable pursuant to sections 268.04, subdivision 12, clause (8) (f), and 268.057, subdivision 7, may be paid from the clearing account or the benefit account. The benefit account shall consist of all money requisitioned from this state's account in the unemployment trust fund in the United States Treasury for the payment of benefits. Except as herein otherwise provided, money in the clearing and benefit accounts may be deposited by the commissioner of finance, under the direction of the commissioner, in any depository bank in which general funds of the state may be deposited, but no public deposit insurance charge or premium shall be paid out of the fund. Money in the clearing and benefit accounts shall not be commingled with other state funds, but shall be maintained in separate accounts on the books of the depository bank. Such money shall be secured by the depository bank to the same extent and in the same manner as required by the general depository law of this state; and collateral pledged for this purpose shall be kept separate and distinct from any collateral pledged to secure other funds of the state. All sums recovered for losses sustained by the fund shall be deposited therein.
Subd. 3. Withdrawals. (1) Moneys requisitioned from this state's account in the unemployment trust fund shall be used exclusively for the payment of benefits and for refunds pursuant to sections 268.04, subdivision 12, clause (8) (f), and 268.057, subdivision 7, except that money credited to this state's account pursuant to section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended, shall be used exclusively as provided in subdivision 5 of this section. The commissioner or a duly authorized agent for that purpose, shall from time to time requisition from the unemployment trust fund such amounts, not exceeding the amount standing to this state's account therein, as the commissioner deems necessary for the payment of such benefits and refunds for a reasonable future period. Upon receipt thereof the treasurer shall deposit such moneys in the benefit account and issue warrants for the payment of benefits solely from such benefit account. Expenditures of such moneys in the benefit account and refunds from the clearing account shall not be subject to any provisions of law requiring specific appropriations or other formal release by state officers of money in their custody. All warrants issued by the treasurer for the payment of benefits and refunds shall bear the signature of the treasurer and the counter signature of the commissioner or a duly authorized agent for that purpose.
(2) Any balance of moneys requisitioned from the unemployment trust fund which remains unclaimed or unpaid in the benefit account after the expiration of the period for which such sums were requisitioned shall either be deducted from estimates for, and may be utilized for the payment of, benefits and refunds during succeeding periods or, in the discretion of the commissioner, shall be redeposited with the secretary of the treasury of the United States, to the credit of this state's account in the unemployment trust fund, as provided in subdivision 2.
Subd. 4. Disposal of certain moneys. Any moneys made available to the reemployment insurance fund and received pursuant to an agreement between this state and any agency of the federal government or any other state for the payment of unemployment benefits shall be placed directly in the benefit account of the unemployment trust fund.
Subd. 5. Payment of expenses of administration. (1) Money credited to the account of this state in the unemployment trust fund by the secretary of the treasury of the United States of America pursuant to section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended, may be requisitioned and used for the payment of expenses incurred for the administration of Laws 1957, chapter 883 pursuant to a specific appropriation by the legislature, provided that the expenses are incurred and the money is requisitioned after the enactment of an appropriation law which:
(a) Specifies the purposes for which such money is appropriated and the amounts appropriated therefor.
(b) Limits the period within which such money may be obligated to a period ending not more than two years after the date of the enactment of the appropriation law, and
(c) Limits the amount which may be obligated during any 12-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on the next June 30 to an amount which does not exceed the amount by which (i) the aggregate of the amounts credited to the account of this state pursuant to section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended, during the same 12-month period and the 34 preceding 12-month periods, exceeds (ii) the aggregate of the amounts used pursuant to this subdivision and charged against the amounts credited to the account of this state during any of such 35 12-month periods. For the purposes of this subdivision, amounts used during any such 12-month period shall be charged against equivalent amounts which were first credited and which are not already so charged; except that no amount obligated for administration during any such 12-month period may be charged against any amount credited during such a 12-month period earlier than the 24th preceding such period.
(2) Money credited to the account of this state pursuant to section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended, may not be withdrawn or used except for the payment of benefits and for the payment of expenses for the administration of Laws 1957, chapter 883 and of public employment offices pursuant to this subdivision. Any moneys used for the payment of benefits may be restored for appropriation and use for administrative expenses upon request of the governor, under section 903(c) of the Social Security Act.
(3) Money requisitioned for the payment of expenses of administration pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the economic security administration fund, but, until expended, shall remain a part of the unemployment fund. The commissioner shall maintain a separate record of the deposit, obligation, expenditure, and return of funds so deposited. If any money so deposited is, for any reason, not to be expended for the purpose for which it was appropriated, or, if it remains unexpended at the end of the period specified by the law appropriating such money, it shall be withdrawn and returned to the secretary of the treasury of the United States for credit to this state's account in the unemployment trust fund.
Subd. 6. Advance on federal funds. (1) The governor is hereby authorized to make application as may be necessary to secure any advance of funds by the secretary of the treasury of the United States in accordance with the authority extended under section 1201 of the Social Security Act, as amended.
(2) Any amount transferred to the Minnesota reemployment insurance fund by the secretary of the treasury of the United States under the terms of any application made pursuant to this subdivision shall be repayable in the manner provided in sections 901(d) 1, 903(b) 2 and 1202 of the Social Security Act, as amended.
HIST: Ex1936 c 2 s 3; 1937 c 452 s 1; 1939 c 443 s 2; 1941 c 554 s 2; 1945 c 376 s 2; 1949 c 605 s 2; 1953 c 97 s 3,4; 1957 c 883 s 2-5; 1961 c 517 s 1; 1969 c 310 s 1; 1969 c 567 s 3; 1975 c 302 s 1; 1Sp1982 c 1 s 4; 1983 c 216 art 1 s 87; 1983 c 372 s 8; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 300; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 209 art 2 s 1; 1994 c 488 s 8; 1996 c 417 s 31; 1997 c 66 s 79
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