Published: Dec 08, 2010 8:07 PM EST
Updated: Dec 08, 2010 5:08 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers rolled back most of a huge unemployment compensation tax hike nine months ago.

Wednesday they began struggling with another planned increase almost as big. The tax is paid by about 460,000 Florida employers.

Florida Retail Federation executive vice president Randy Miller asked the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee for another rollback on behalf of a coalition of business groups.

A year ago the minimum 2010 tax rate that's paid by nearly half of the employers was set to increase from $8.40 to $100.30 for every employee making at least $7,000 a year.

The Legislature cut it to $25.20, but it's now set to increase to $72.10 next year.

No increase is planned in the maximum rate of $378.

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