Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) told reporters on February 9, 2010 that the full Senate would vote on the unemployment tax fix, legislation that softens the impact on employers of this year's automatic unemployment tax increase on March 2, the first day of the 2010 legislative session.
Under the current tax formula, the minimum tax rate will rise from $8.40 per employee to $100.30 per employee on April 1, 2010, and the maximum rate will rise from the current $378 per employee to $459 per employee.
On February 9, 2010, the House Economic Development and Community Affairs Council passed legislation (HB 7033) that is expected to set a minimum tax rate of around $25 per employee and to rescind a previously legislated increase in the taxable wage base. The bill will come up before the House Finance and Tax Council on February 17, 2010 and, if it passes, could be taken up by the full House during the first days of the legislative session.
In the same news interview, Sen. Atwater said that he wanted the Senate to consider Public Service Commission ethical reforms during the first week of the session. Sen. Atwater supports SB 1034 by Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey), which includes prohibitions on ex parte communications and post-employment lobbying restrictions.