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Marron votes for unemployment insurance solution

December 3—SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) voted “yes” on an Unemployment Insurance Task Force and Agreed Bill Solution.

Marron said, “For the past year, I have been working as one of the Republican negotiators on the bipartisan unemployment insurance task force. This committee was made up of members from labor, business and both legislative chambers who came together to find a realistic solution for form payment of debts incurred during the governor’s successive restrictions on our businesses.”

“In the spring of 2022, supermajority Democrats passed and Governor Pritzker signed the FY 2023 budget that left a $1.8 billion shortfall in the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund,” he said.

“House Republicans strongly opposed the Democrats’ choice to leave a $1.8 billion hole in the UI trust fund, rightly arguing that we have the necessary revenue on hand to fully repay our unemployment debt. The delay in repaying our unemployment debt to the federal government has cost Illinois taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in back interest and penalties,” according to Marron.

“House Republicans helped bring labor groups and business interests to the negotiating table to work out a solution, and this week an agreement was reached that will cut taxes on job creators by $913 million over the next five years. to pay has left Illinois businesses on the hook for that $913 million in unemployment insurance tax increases over the next 5 years,” he continued.

“This agreed solution protects all of our Illinois workers by maintaining benefits and avoiding unnecessary taxes on consumers and business owners. All of the labor groups agreed to this bill because it protects all of our workers,” Marron said.

“A higher rolling balance in the UI Trust Fund will also mean that the state of Illinois will be better prepared in the event of a mass layoff event similar to what occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The business groups supporting the agreement represented in SB 1698 (FA#2) include Associated General Contractors of Illinois, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

“I am always willing to work across the aisle and with any advocacy group willing to work in good faith on the real issues facing our constituents. This General Assembly must work to put aside the great differences and find common ground on practical solutions,” Marron concluded.

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