ST. PAUL, Minn – Today, the Minnesota Senate voted unanimously on a bill to cut unemployment insurances (UI) taxes – a move that House and Senate Republicans demanded in order to get unemployment benefits for Iron Range Workers approved. Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) echoed Majority leader Tom Bakk’s (DFL-Cook) calls for the House to act today and get both bills into the hands of Governor Dayton before the Easter break. The Governor has committed to signing both bills. He even delayed a planned trip to wait for the House to act.
“It’s time to get this done. Promises were made to pass the unemployment benefits extension the first week of session and we are already into the third week with the Easter break upon us. To date, nothing has happened yet. Unemployed Iron Range workers are on their last leg. Unemployment benefits for hundreds have already been exhausted — some as long as five months ago. People are struggling just to put food on their tables. The political games must end. The agreed upon compromise of UI business tax reductions is on the House floor. The agreed upon UI extension for the Iron Range workers is on the House floor. Both bills can and should be acted upon today and sent to Governor Dayton for his signature. I am urging the House to do the right thing and pass these bills. Families lives are on the line here,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “Let my people have a Happy Easter!”