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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