Senate bill would deal yet another blow to jobless Iowans
In a public health emergency and economic downturn, unemployment benefits are a lifeline for many Iowa families struggling to stay afloat. But some lawmakers are trying to gut benefits as if our economy has returned to its pre-Covid condition. SSB 1172 is fundamentally flawed; it would cut benefits, add a one-week waiting period and strike a 13-week extension for jobless Iowans — a harmful proposal given an additional 6,200 Iowans filed for unemployment just last week. The Legislature should support, not abandon, Iowans facing job loss and economic hardship. Read more.