Missouri House overrides Nixon's veto on unemployment cuts

3 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, May 12 2015 May 12, 2015 Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:45:27 PM CDT May 12, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's Republican-controlled House has voted to override a veto of a measure that would cut the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the lowest amounts in the U.S.

House members voted 109-53 for the measure, which also needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate to win final approval.

The bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon would cut the weeks of benefits available for laid-off workers from the current 20 to as low as 13 if the statewide unemployment rate remains below 6 percent.

Only Florida and North Carolina have minimums lower than 13 weeks, but those would kick in only if state unemployment drops below 5 percent.

Democrats say the bill will hurt those who struggle to find work. Republicans say it will reduce costs for employers.

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