Ind. House muddies future of unemployment tax bill

The fate of a bill that would delay unemployment tax increases on businesses remains unclear in the Democrat-controlled
Indiana House.

The Republican-ruled Senate voted this month to delay 2010 unemployment tax increases until 2011
in an effort to help employers retain workers during the difficult economy.

House Speaker Patrick Bauer says he
may be willing to make some modifications in the tax increase, but says the General Assembly should not do a complete about
face on the increase this year. He says it’s needed to start replenishing the unemployment insurance fund, which owes $1.5
billion to the federal government.

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