Employers across the state had been been notified that they will need to shell out more money to pay into the unemployment fund. However, Senators are agreeing on first round to accept $43 million in stimulus money to keep those unemployment taxes from skyrocketing. Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha and others found out there are strings attached to accepting the money and have reached an agreement to use the money on groups that wouldn’t usually be eligible for unemployment dollars.
“This agreement allows Nebraska to supplement its trust funds and extend benefits to low wage earners without creating a permanent tax increase to businesses.”
Lathrop says the bill also helps workers get into a training program for 26 weeks and learn a skill, so when they are off of unemployment, they will have a new skill to use when applying for jobs. Lathrop says Nebraska workers will actually be able to learn skills that will help them make more money when they are off of unemployment.