The proposals coming from the Retail Federation, Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida, Florida TaxWatch and others, also emphasize stricter standards for workers to prove they are actively seeking work, possible drug-testing for those who lose jobs, and denying benefits to those who’ve received severance packages or other job-terminating payments. #

The increase will cover the interest on payments to the federal government, which shores up states’ unemployment systems when their coffers run dry. Lawmakers are also weighing plans to cover a portion of those interest payments with state funds. #

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