Senate Passes Bill Extending Unemployment Benefits for Steelworkers
Minnesota’s Senate has passed a bill extending unemployment benefits for laid-off steelworkers, however it is not a done deal.
Thousands of miners have been laid-off on the Iron Range amid a sharp downturn in the domestic steel economy. Hundreds have already exhausted their unemployment benefits.
The Senate voted 62-3 Thursday to extend those checks by 26 weeks.
The bill faces an uncertain future in the House, where Republicans who control the chamber want to the pair the extension with a tax break for businesses that pay into the state’s unemployment insurance fund. Democrats have opposed that measure.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he’s working on a deal with Republican House Speaker Kurk Daudt that would quickly extend benefits with a vow to pass a tax cut in the coming weeks.