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A conservative friend of mine, commenting on a front-page
His solution? Since employees are the ones who receive jobless benefits, make them finance the system through payroll deductions.
Employee contributions to support
Initially, this idea struck me as too far removed from mainstream thought of how economic safety nets should work to ever be considered by policymakers.
But maybe it’s not so unimaginable. Already three states —
Cutting six weeks of benefit payments is expected to save businesses nearly
But chamber officials say more must be done to cut the cost of
Businesses will pay as much as
The chamber will issue a series of proposed unemployment insurance reforms in the next several weeks, said
Among them likely will be speeding up the appeals process for disputed claims, strengthening requirements that require those receiving unemployment benefits to search for work and implementing a waiting week for benefits. Forty other states require waiting weeks, which can save employers money, Block said.
“Unemployment taxes vary from state to state and are an area of business competitiveness,” Block told me. “We have to make sure our tax system is balanced and competitive with other states.”
The chamber won’t be proposing that the burden of financing the state’s unemployment insurance system be shifted to workers.
But don’t be surprised if ideas for reducing costs that may have seemed unthinkable a short time ago appear on the table. Snyder already has enacted several sweeping government reforms and proposed a budget that represents a massive shift in the tax burden from businesses to individuals.