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Gov. Chris Gregoire urges lawmakers to cut unemployment taxes for businesses

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm with 2 Comments »
January 25, 2011 2:39 pm

The bill she wants is hung up in a disagreement over another, related bill that would make the state’s unemployed workers eligible for $98 million in federal benefits.

The question is which benefit the state should go for. While Gregoire proposed one that would retrain more workers, unions want a benefit for unemployed workers’ children.

The AP’s Curt Woodward explains the tax-cut proposal:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says state lawmakers must pass an unemployment tax cut right away, and save their debate over new dependent benefits for later.

Gregoire’s proposed rate cut could save Washington businesses about $300 million this year and extend federal jobless benefits for about 69,000 people. The Democratic governor says that’s key to helping the economy rebound following the Great Recession.

Businesses could see their unemployment rates skyrocket this year unless a change is made. But a bill has to be passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Feb. 8 to take effect in time.

Organized labor and other groups also want lawmakers to add a new $15-per-child payment for unemployed people, maxing out at $50 per family. But Gregoire says that can wait for later.

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  1. Again, the labor unions want the taxpayers to ‘give, give, give’, but offer nothing in return to allow the government or the state’s businesses to rein in costs and try to recover from the economic downturn. How about if the unions unilaterally ‘cut’ their dues by $15 per/week (equal to what they ask the state/taxpayer to pay in added unemployment benefits) for each child of a union member, or a minimum of $50 per union member family (working or not)? Sound fair to ask them to put their OWN money where their mouth (and grabbing hands) are?

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Our Gov. is swinging to the center like obummer. She is a tax cutting machine?

    Talk is cheap, lets see. Maybe she is wanting to run for re-election????

    To late. McKenna is the next Gov.

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