Several Unemployment Insurance bills heard to address inequities in Social Security

A bill was heard in the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee earlier this week to eliminate the unemployment insurance benefit deduction for workers collecting social security. Minnesota is one of the last states remaining that makes this deduction for workers collecting unemployment insurance. AARP is in support of this proposal and provided testimony that the pandemic has really highlighted the need to correct this inequity. The proposal was laid over in committee for possible inclusion in a larger omnibus bill.

The remaining bills provided allowed qualifying workers to collect unemployment while going to school as well as a proposal that temporarily codifies several of Governor Walz’s Executive Orders related to unemployment insurance. (SF 798, SF 435, SF 920)