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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