The state was slammed with two years worth of unemployment claims in the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge quickly drained the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The federal government bailed out Texas and 22 other states. The feds footed some amount of the bill for out-of-work Texans in 10 of the past 18 months, at a cost of $7 billion. The funding was not a gift. It was a loan to pay the 9.5 million worker claims that had been filed since last March. And now the interest is starting to build up, and Texas will begin paying it back. Texas Is Underfunding Unemployment To Keep Business Taxes Low. Now It Owes $7 Billion And Counting – Houston Public Media anyone care to list the other 22 states who allowed "business friendly" unemployment systems to bankrupt their treasuries?