Despite doubts about whether Gov. Jay Nixon’s office would implement new legislation cutting Missouri’s jobless benefits to among the shortest in the nation, the governor’s office has confirmed it will abide by the bill’s directive — unless blocked by the courts.
The legislation ties the length of state benefits to the unemployment rate, reducing assistance when a lower percentage of the workforce is without work.
Effective January, jobless benefits could be cut from their current level, 20 weeks, to as few as 13 weeks. That would give Missouri the second-shortest duration of jobless benefits in the country.
Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill, but the Republican-controlled legislature overturned the governor’s veto during last month’s veto session.
A lawsuit has been filed seeking to declare the measure unconstitutional and issue an injunction against its enforcement.