The bill filed Monday would exempt unemployment benefits paid in 2020 from Delaware state income tax, maintain the new employer tax rates at 2020 levels and waive the 13-week waiting period before the state could trigger extended benefits.
More than 100,000 Delawareans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic.
The measure also establishes the 2021 new employer assessment rate, average industry assessment rate and average construction industry assessment rate at the same rate as 2020 to avoid an increase in these rates as a result of the increase in unemployment claims due to COVID-19.
On Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., Gov. Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long will be officially sworn in for second terms.
The bill, which has only Republican sponsors, would require a state of emergency that lasts for more than 30 days, as well as any modifications, to be approved by the General Assembly.