First up in Senate Approps is a striker to SB1411 that would increase Arizona's unemployment benefits from $240 to $320, and up to $400 once the state's unemployment insurance fund is fully funded.
Senate President @FannKfann is personally testifying in favor of the bill. “I think the COVID made everyone realize that Arizona is behind the times when it comes to unemployment benefits.”

Arizona has the second lowest unemployment benefits in the US, behind only Mississippi.
The bill also reduces the amount of time Arizonans can receive unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks if unemployment is below 6%.
Benefits would be available for 26 weeks even if unemployment is below 6% if the governor declares a state of emergency that requires businesses to pause operations.
This isn't the only bill in the legislature to raise unemployment benefits. @RepDavidCook's HB2805, which has already passed out of committee, would raise the benefits to $300 per week.
.@MichelleUgenti is taking issue with provision waiving some work search requirements during a gubernatorial emergency declaration, given that businesses will have to pay for the increase. “There’s not a credible answer and we’re going to continue to pay people to be unemployed.”

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To be clear, this would be a statewide investigation into election fraud claims that aren't supported by any evidence to speak of
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