Missouri’s business community is pleased with the success of a bill that has cleared the Senate and is moving onto the House. The legislation would deny unemployment benefits to employees fired for drug or alcohol abuse on the job. The state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is funded by business. So, it’s not a big surprise that the business community is celebrating. Jim Kistler of Associated Industries of Missouri says it only makes sense that benefits go to those who are out of work through no fault of their own. Those sentiments are echoed by Dan Mehan of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, who says the state should not be paying out this money at a time when the Unemployment Benefit Trust Fund is going broke. The legislation is now on its way to the House.
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