TWC tries to find a way to get $555 million for unemployment

Gov. Rick Perry's top appointee to the Texas Workforce Commission is seeking a compromise to allow Texas to accept federal stimulus money for unemployment.

Perry said last week he planned to reject $555 million from $17 billion in federal stimulus funding for Texas.

Perry said accepting it would require the state to permanently expand its unemployment insurance program and subject Texas employers to millions of dollars in tax increases.

But commission chairman Tom Pauken has floated the idea of changing state law in order to accept the money -- then reverting to current law after the money runs out.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has a similar plan that's gaining ground in the Texas Senate.