PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's super-low $240 maximum weekly unemployment benefit would increase to $320 by mid-summer and employers would experience a small increase in premiums under a new proposal backed by Republican Senate President Karen Fann.
The proposal passed a Senate committee in a 9-1 vote Tuesday.
But it differs from a plan backed by all House Democrats and some House Republicans.
Rep. David Cook questioned how Fann can justify an additional $20 per week over his plan without further boosting premiums.
The state's weekly unemployment pay is the 2nd lowest in the nation and would increase to $300 under Cook version and $320 under Fann's plan.