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Don't cut unemployment benefits for bigger families
The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes HF 754 and SF 492, which cut unemployment insurance benefits for bigger families and put in place a one-week waiting period before benefits can be received. The bills slightly raise the benefit for a family with one dependent but lower the benefits for unemployed persons with three or more dependents by 8% percent. The bill also requires people who have been laid off to accept lower-paying jobs than those they formerly held, moving them off benefits faster.
Bigger families need more help and providing a little additional benefit to them is a good aspect of Iowa’s law compared to many other states. 
In addition, waiting a week for benefits might be no big deal for some but it’s a very big deal for others. The purpose of the unemployment system is to help people who have been laid off through no fault of their own and we should be very cautious about changes in this area.
Please contact your members of the State Legislature and write an email in your own words in opposition to the bill.
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