Politics & Government

February 9, 2011 2:35 PM

Updated: House votes 98-0 on UI deal for business, labor

The state House of Representatives

swiftly and unanimously voted today

to approve

an unemployment insurance deal

that came after days of negotiating on a sharply contentious issue. If ratified by the Senate Friday and signed by the governor, it extends benefits for thousands of unemployed workers by $25 per week – until money runs out, possibly in November; and it cuts $300 million from rates businesses pay into the UI system.

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