A business group urges the governor not to try to solve a problem with the fund that pays unemployment compensation in a special session even as the sponsor of the legislative solution approved this year questions the group’s motives. Associated Industries of Missouri President Gary Marble contends the solution the legislature approved and the governor signed violates the Hancock Amendment by raising taxes on employers. But Marble doesn’t believe a special legislative session concurrent with the veto session next week would work. He prefers waiting until the regular session in January. Sedalia Representative Todd Smith stands by his bill, claiming AIM never raised Hancock concerns with him during the session. Smith accuses AIM of raising the issue now as a recruiting gimmick. Missouri has been borrowing federal money to keep its unemployment checks from bouncing. The state fund is about $300-Million in the hole, with the proposed solution now up in the air.
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