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WA Lege Day 25: Unemployment Insurance tax cut passes Senate

OLYMPIA -- The Senate approve a plan to block increases in the state's Unemployment Insurance rates for businesses, attempting to "beat the clock" on those rate hikes.

With a 46-1 vote, the Senate approved the latest version of the unemployment insurance bill which would keep rate increases averaging 36 percent from taking effect next week. It also would extend unemployment paymentes temporarily for workers who are in danger of exhausting their benefits.

The House must still pass the bill, and the governor sign it, by Tuesday to block the statutorily required rate increase.

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Jim Camden
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