Weekly Brew: December 3, 2021

Sixteen seats changed party control, including 14 incumbents who lost in state legislative general elections

  • Sixteen state legislative seats changed party control in the 2021 election. Fifteen seats changed from Democratic to Republican control and one seat changed from Republican to Democratic control. Fourteen incumbents lost general elections, all of them Democrats. By state, nine changes took place in New Jersey and seven took place in Virginia. 

Biden nominates Shalanda Young for director of Office of Management and Budget

  • President Joe Biden (D) announced Shalanda Young as his nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Nov. 24. OMB Director has been Biden’s last remaining unfilled Cabinet position. The Senate has confirmed 22 of Biden’s other Cabinet members.

Do you know your state’s unemployment tax rate?

  • State unemployment taxes are taxes employers must pay to support the joint federal-state unemployment insurance program. Employers usually pay a percentage of an employee’s salary in SUTA taxes up to a certain amount, known as the wage base. Find out your state’s tax rate and wage base at the link below.