The Missouri Supreme Court has restored the length of the state’s unemployment benefits to 20 weeks, by tossing out the General Assembly’s action last year that reduced payment of benefits to 13 weeks – the shortest in the country.
Republican lawmakers and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce say they’ll try again next session.
For the court, the issue was timing. The court ruled, in effect, that the Missouri Senate waited too long to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill. It cut benefits when the state’s unemployment rate is less than 6 percent. The state’s current unemployment rate is less than 5 percent.