Minnesota House Committee OKs Extending Benefits to Laid-off Steelworkers
A state House committee has passed a measure that would extend unemployment benefits for laid-off steelworkers, but would also give some money back to Minnesota’s employers.
The House Ways and Means Committee passed the bill that would extend benefits for Iron Range workers for 26 weeks.
The measure also includes language that would provide tax credits to employers who contribute to the state’s unemployment trust fund that carries a $1.6 billion balance.
Democrats have objected to packaging the tax credits and the unemployment benefits together, however, they did not oppose the bill Monday.
Chief author Rep. Pat Garofalo amended his bill to include tax credit language supported by the Democrats. The Republican from Farmington says he considers it to be a “clean bill” with no opposition.