Florida House would toughen unemployment compensation rules

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The time frame for collecting unemployment benefits would be shortened under legislation put forth in the state House, trying to address a yawning state budget deficit and a growing federal IOU, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.

The measure also seeks to cut the burden on businesses, which pay into a fund that goes to pay jobless benefits.

Backers of the effort say the changes are needed to stanch the bleeding of the state

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