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Unemployment Insurance no closer to agreement

Legislators continued to work today at the Indiana Statehouse in an attempt to find common ground on several key issues still on the table.

Discussion on an unemployment insurance bill took center stage as members from both sides of the aisle debated various provisions.

Legislators agree a delay to a scheduled unemployment insurance increase is needed under the current economic environment. But where legislators differ is on job creation and worker classification aspects of the bill.

Senator Luke Kenley of Noblesville believes that republican negotiators have bent over backwards and democrats in the house are looking for a prid pro quo.

Representative David Niezgodski of South Bend says it’s not an issue of something for something, but that democrats are holding out for a worker misclassification provision that would put stricter punishments on those who attempt to cheat the system.

“One very strong part of this is employee misclassification. Numbers show that there are millions of dollars each year that don’t get put into our system. Unemployment insurance taxes, workers compensation, social security, this is an issue it’s time to address.”

Niezgodski says he will continue work with senate republicans in hopes of finding a consensus by Wednesday when the House of Representatives returns.

Brian Caoimhghin Flood

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