I’m taking a few days off to recover from those final two weeks of session, which are not-stop action and news. But I’m checking my e-mail and will post item from time to time.
Here, David Groves at the state Labor Council gives his take on those final 24-48 hours.
A fitting end to an anti-worker session
In final hours, legislature removes benefits from unemployment bill,
cuts health funding for state employees, passes new tax breaks
If there was any doubt remaining about whether corporate interests superseded those of working families in the 2009 Legislature, it evaporated in the session’s final weekend.
The State Senate, where Democrats have a 31-18 majority, refused to concur with the House-approved version of SSB 5963, the unemployment insurance bill. The Senate voted to strip the bill of its restoration to a 4.0 benefit multiplier, an $8 to $19 weekly benefit increase that would have taken effect next year when the temporary benefit increase expires. The Senate also voted to CUT benefits by taking away the discretion of the Employment Security commissioner to award benefits in unique circumstances of good-cause quits.
What remained was a permanent business tax cut lowering 2010-2015 rates about $377 million, and when the economy recovers, about $1.6 billion every five years after that.
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