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Feb 7, 2011

State may tighten up safety net for jobless[herald-tribune]

TALLAHASSEE – With Florida’s high unemployment rate showing little sign of dropping, state lawmakers say it is time for sweeping changes to the safety net for jobless workers. Lawmakers may shorten the time the state pays jobless benefits, make it harder for laid-off workers to win disputes with employers and force people to take low-paying jobs instead of waiting for ones with salaries matching what they once earned. Legislators may also change tax rates so businesses hit with steep layoffs are more responsible for helping pay for those workers’ benefits.

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