Brett Schetzsle, candidate for State Representative in the Sixth Essex District, released the following statement today in response to the State Senate’s unanimous approval on Thursday of an unemployment insurance rate freeze for businesses in the commonwealth. The House of Representatives approved a similar measure last week. Estimates indicate that the rate freeze will save businesses nearly $400 million in 2010.
“I am pleased that the state house has finally begun to address the needs of our state’s businesses at a time when lowering the unemployment rate and improving the state’s business climate should be the top priority for everyone,” commented Schetzsle.
He added, “Unemployment benefits are a vital safety net program that as a state we must administer in a sustainable manner. This is a good first step in addressing the problems with the current system and the money saved by businesses can now be used to put people back to work. However, there is still much more work that needs to be done to make this state more job-friendly and I am committed to doing that work on Beacon Hill as Beverly’s state representative.”
The rate freeze and continued reform in unemployment insurance benefits were identified by Schetzsle as early as last October in postings on his campaign blog (www.votebrettblog.blogspot.com) as a key issue necessary to immediately help rebuild the state’s job market . One of the other two immediate steps identified, rolling back the sales tax increase, was killed by House Democrats on Beacon Hill without a vote as formal sessions came to an end in 2009.
On Monday, Schetzsle will formally invite leaders and members of the business community to participate in a forum on March 2nd at 7pm at the Beverly Public Library Main Branch to discuss the issues facing the business community. The business forum is part of an unprecedented series of 10 community issues forums to be held around the city by his campaign in March and April.