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Will business 'hogs' get unemployment proposal slaughtered?

The Florida Senate this afternoon re-wrote a House proposal to cut unemployment benefits as the jobless late decreases.

The proposal tops out at a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits when the unemployment rate is 12 percent. Out-of-work Floridians would get 12 weeks of state benefits when the rate drops to 5 percent or lower.

The House plan cuts off benefits after 20 weeks, a change the business lobby had been pushing Senate sponsor Nancy Detert to sign-off on. But Detert said her plan is the "gift of the year" for the business community and said she's done negotiating on the maximum benefit.

"Pigs get fed. Hogs get slaughtered," Detert said in an interview. "Learn to like or get nothing."

The Senate put Detert's proposal on the House bill (HB 7005) on a 29-10 vote. Opposition came from Democrats who said the changes unfairly targeted the unemployed.

Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:23pm]


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