Tuesday, February 8, 2011

UPDATE: Obama Budget Proposes Broader Unemployment Taxes

Forget what Obama said about not raising taxes over the last two year. In today's headlines, Obama wants to increase unemployment taxes. Hypocrite! It would be easier to give business more of a tax break so they can hire employees and expand their business. Therefore, there would be a larger pool of workers to fund the unemployment insurance program. It is commonsense!

(WJS) WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's budget proposal is expected to give states a way to collect more payroll taxes from businesses, in an effort to replenish the unemployment-insurance program. The plan could cause controversy at a time when the administration is seeking to mend fences with corporate America.

The proposal would aim to restock strained state unemployment-insurance trust funds by raising the amount of wages on which companies must pay unemployment taxes to $15,000, more than double the $7,000 in place since 1983.

The plan, which would take effect in 2014, could increase payroll taxes by as much as $100 billion over a decade, according to a person involved in its construction.

To avoid hitting businesses with a tax increase during the economic recovery, the proposal would delay the new rules until 2014. The plan is expected to be included in Mr. Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2012, to be released Monday.