Missouri Lawmakers Again Mull Jobless Benefits Cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers again are mulling a plan to cut the number of weeks the state’s unemployed can claim jobless benefits.

A House panel on Tuesday heard testimony about the push to limit the benefits maximum to 13 weeks — seven weeks fewer than what’s now allowed — if the state’s jobless rate is below 6 percent. That rate is currently 4.7 percent.

The maximum number of weeks will rise under the proposal if the unemployment rate begins creeping above 6 percent, topping out at 20 weeks if the jobless rate eclipses 9 percent.

The Missouri Supreme Court last July struck down a 2015 version of the change, ruling that the Senate’s vote in ultimately overriding then-Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto came too late.

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