Fla. Lawmakers Again Face Unemployment Tax Issue

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Florida lawmakers rolled back most of a huge unemployment compensation tax hike nine months ago.

Wednesday (Dec. 8) they began struggling with another planned increase almost as big. The tax is paid by about 460,000 Florida employers.

Florida Retail Federation executive vice president Randy Miller
asked the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee for another
rollback on behalf of a coalition of business groups.

A year ago the minimum 2010 tax rate that's paid by nearly half
of the employers was set to increase from $8.40 to $100.30 for
every employee making at least $7,000 a year.

The Legislature cut it to $25.20, but it's now set to increase
to $72.10 next year.

No increase is planned in the maximum rate of $378.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    A good business or company will look after their employees. When the economy tanks, it forces these good business to look at every area of their business and cut where they can. At some point these businesses may have to cut employees so the business can continue to operate (while keeping some employees working). This is where we are now where many businesses have cut a lot, and if the economy continues to falter they may get rid of more employees. What we don't need to be doing right now is putting more of a burden on any business. Give the businesses less of a burden and let them build their business and maybe the economy will start to rebound.
  • by Jonathan Swift Location: Florida on Dec 8, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    The business community needs to man-up and remove the straw from labor. Y'all need to take better care of your workforce for a change. You'll actually be better off, too. When labor knows that they're valued, they tend to be more loyal and more productive. A simple economic axiom rules: Incentives matter! So don't try to dodge the unemployment tax increase. It's a civic and patriotic, dare I say, duty to look after your labor force. Y'all should support an increase in the maximum weekly amount for unemployment, also. It's been locked-in at $275 a week for around 15 years; the value has diminished greatly due to inflation. It's another free ride that employers have enjoyed, to the detriment of labor. So buck-up people, and stop sucking the life out of your labor force. Productivity (and margins) will increase if you do the right thing. You'll sleep better, too. BTW, this will not cost jobs. If that were true, Florida's unemployment rate wouldn't currently be so shockingly high.
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