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Legislature mulls raising Arizona's low unemployment pay

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 19:59:33-05

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.