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“Hello, Bangalore? Where’s My Unemployment Check?’

Why do state governments offshore? Because it saves them money. The interests of a state’s taxpayers are thus in conflict with the interests of its unemployed. It isn’t necessarily axiomatic that the taxpayers should prevail.

Note, for instance, that even though Mississippi estimated that offshoring could cut the cost of running its unemployment insurance program by 32 percent, it nonetheless declined to do so.