Representatives Passes Unemployment Insurance Rate Freeze
(BOSTON January 18, 2012) – State Representative Carlo Basile joined
his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in
passing legislation that freezes a scheduled increase in the
unemployment insurance assessment paid by all employers.
"In these tough economic times, it remains ever important that the
House pass legislation to help stimulate business expansion and
create job opportunities,' House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said.
"As Massachusetts continues to emerge from this trying recession,
the House vows to keep these important values atop our priority
"As Massachusetts continues to navigate the current global
recession, we must balance our support of job growth with our
commitment to programs that offer assistance and support in our
communities," said Representative Dempsey. 'This must be done in a
responsible manner as the Commonwealth deals with difficult budget
"As we continue to deal with the current economic
situation, we must commit to supporting business expansion and job
growth in order to help our communities advance," Representative
Carlo P. Basile (D – East Boston), Vice Chairman, Financial
Services, said. "Massachusetts will benefit from responsible
legislation like this as we deal with the fiscal constraints of our
The unemployment system run by the commonwealth is primarily funded
by the state’s employers. By law, as the funds in the unemployment
system become depleted, employers’ contributions would increase.
Freezing the rate at Schedule E will save the average employer $141
per employee and workers would continue to receive the same benefits
under this rate freeze.
The bill also provides $35 million to the MassHealth Senior Care
Adult Day Health program. Adult Day Health centers are assistance
centers that provide care for seniors during the day when other
family members or caregivers may have to work or handle other
responsibilities. This funding will extend adult day health services
until July 1, 2012.
The legislation also directs $21.2 million to the Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program. During the cold of winter, this funding
appropriated to LIHEAP will heat the homes of low-income elders,
working families, and many other households.