Advocacy groups for the poor and the state AFL-CIO are pushing state legislators to take action to help unemployed workers and ease the impact of a new law that will significantly reduce jobless benefits.
The groups held a press briefing Monday morning to promote four bills that have been introduced in the legislature – none of which have been voted out of committee so far. Moreover, just one of the bills lists a Republican as a primary sponsor, a major negative given that both the House and Senate are controlled by the GOP.
MaryBe McMillan of the state AFL-CIO said that the “most urgent” of the bills, HB 922, would push back implementation of the state’s new system of unemployment benefits from July 1 to Jan. 1, 2014. More from the presser here.