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PI.com: Unemployment Insurance Bill Stalls

By Josh Feit February 2, 2011

On Monday, we reported that state senate Democrats passed their unemployment insurance bill out of committee after scratching labor's demand (included in the house version) to add a children's benefit payment to the legislation—which give businesses a big tax break.

Today, the PI.com has more news on the priority bill (which Gov. Chris Gregoire says she must sign by February 8 in order to save businesses $300 million this year) or else they'll get hit with a 36 percent tax increase on unemployment insurance taxes.

A Republican co-sponsor of the bill, Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-9, Ritzville),  got six Democrats go along with him and the GOP, stalling a vote on the bill because it doesn't extend benefits to workers.
A bill that Gov. Chris Gregoire says would save businesses $300 million by halting a planned increase in unemployment insurance rates was tripped up Wednesday by a Republican state senator's move to also consider the extension of benefits for workers who have lost their jobs. ...

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, got a majority of his colleagues (including six Democrats) to block a vote on S.B. 5135 because it does not include benefit extensions for unemployed workers.
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