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June 22, 2020Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas labor secretary resigns amid unemployment missteps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Embattled Kansas Labor Secretary Delia Garcia has resigned amid escalating problems with the state's unemployment insurance caseload.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday she had accepted Garcia's resignation and appointed the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Ryan Wright as acting secretary until a permanent candidate is nominated.

On June 10, duplicate payments totaling $7 million were made to more than 4,500 claimants of pandemic unemployment assistance and compensation programs.

The Labor department last week reversed those payments, causing some recipients' bank accounts to be overdrawn.