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Governor passes extended benefits bill into law.

Date: April 14, 2011
By: Brian Pepoon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 163

Governor Nixon passed an extended benefits bill into law extending jobless aid for Missouri's unemployed.
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Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon compromised with filibustering senators allowing benefits to reach Missouri's unemployed workers for an additional 20 weeks.

Nixon says the benefits should reach the ten thousand unemployed workers by Friday.

Senate Minority leader Victor Callahan says the extended benefits will help more than just families.

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Description: "It was also a bill for Missouri business because those families spend money in the business community and help Missouri's economy."

In return, the senators asked the governor to send back 250 million dollars in federal aid the senators said was unneccessary in such dire economic times.

From the State Capitol, I'm Brian Pepoon.

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