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NY may boost unemployment benefits, delay employer tax hikes

New York could boost weekly benefits for laid-off workers and delay unemployment tax hikes for...
New York could boost weekly benefits for laid-off workers and delay unemployment tax hikes for employers under a bill that passed the Senate this week.(WVLT)
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 7:16 PM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York could boost weekly benefits for laid-off workers and delay unemployment tax hikes for employers under a bill that passed the Senate this week.

The state Senate unanimously voted Tuesday to pass the legislation sponsored by state Sen. Anna Kaplan, a Democrat from Long Island.

The bill now awaits a vote in the Assembly.

The office of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

State lawmakers hope to help an economy that’s rebounding but at a slower pace than the nation.

New York’s 6.2% unemployment rate in December was more than two points higher than the national rate. 

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