Unemployment Tax Hike Delayed

With a unanimous vote House lawmakers lightened the burden on struggling businesses fearing a 12 fold increase in the state’s unemployment tax.

“We need this bill, because we need small businesses to succeed in Florida,” said Eric Eisnaugle

The tax was scheduled to jump from 8-bucks an employee to more than a hundred in some cases.

Small business owners say to pay it… they would have to lay off some employees.

The legislation sets up an incremental increase playing out over the next two years.

In the mean time the state will barrow 2 billion dollars from the federal government to pay claims.

Democrats say the delay is a good start, but boarder changes to the state’s unemployment system are needed.

“This is important, but this in not going to fix the problem. This will just delay the fix,” said Democratic State Rep. Ron Saunders.

They want to loosen restrictions to allow more job seekers to make claims.

In a demonstration of compassion House members amended the legislation to allow 20-thousand Floridians whose benefits have run dry to receive eight extra weeks of benefits.

“There are some folks who have maximized everything. We’re just trying to help them out,” said Republican Dave Murzin.

Left on the table is 444 million federal stimulus dollars available to job seekers.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    CCW, don't group all people in the same catagory, There are alot of people that would love to be working and can not find ANYTHING. Ever hear of over qualified? I've heard it 42 times in the past 8 mos. What do you suggest now?????????????
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    As long as the Gov pays people to sit home they will not work, Get a Job , it may not be what you want to do but it is a JOB. Get off your lazy spoiled * and go to work.
  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    Good call. We do not need more taxes / fees. We need to cut government spending / handouts. I know it's tough on some and will get ugly. But if we don't stop it now, we'll all suffer in the long run.
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