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Good news for local employers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Good news for local employers, Governor Gregoire signed the House and Senate bills that will reduce employer's unemployment insurance taxes.

"They were facing, up until a few weeks ago, a large increase and for some of our employers it would have been a major hit," says Colin Hastings, Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President.

Hastings says the tax has gone down to 5%, which will help out businesses like the Country Gentleman Restaurant in Kennewick recover from previous spikes.  The owner of the restaurant says he'll save about $3,000 to $4,000 every quarter.

‘Which is a significant amount of money and it could be a job," says Steve Simmons, Country Gentleman Owner.

-Throughout the state employers will save about $300-million in 2011.

-Extended unemployment benefits will remain helping about 70,000 workers.

-140,000 newly unemployed will receive an increase of $25 each week.

-$98-million will be added to the Training Benefit Program which gives the unemployed training for careers.