House unanimously passes UI bill

Unanimous votes on important legislation are rare. Following the recent unemployment insurance contention, this outcome looks pretty good. Brad Shannon has the story in the Olympian.

The state House of Representatives swiftly and unanimously voted today to approve an unemployment insurance deal that came after days of negotiating on a sharply contentious issue.

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If ratified by the Senate Friday and signed by the governor, it extends benefits for thousands of unemployed workers by $25 per week – until money runs out, possibly in November; and it cuts $300 million from rates businesses pay into the UI system.

…The measure reduces tax rates paid by an estimated 90 percent of businesses and is permanent.

Encouraging.