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MI Increases Jobless Benefits 14 Weeks

From an outraged Associated Press:

Mich. governor signs cut in unemployment benefits

By Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Mon Mar 28, 2011

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday made Michigan the first state in the country to lower the number of weeks jobless workers can get state benefits, a trend other cash-strapped states may follow as a way to avoid taxing businesses more for unemployment benefits.

The higher unemployment tax employers are going to have to pay to cover these extended benefits has been studiously ignored by our media. But it’s very simple: the longer the unemployment benefits, the higher the unemployment tax on employers.

Which eventually means the employers will hire fewer people. Which, of course, will lead to higher unemployment.

Snyder said he signed the bill reducing state benefits from 26 to 20 weeks because it will allow people out of a job now to get up to 20 more weeks of help from a federal program for those who used up their state and most of their regular federal unemployment benefits. The change will allow them to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks.

Those last 20 weeks of federal benefits would have expired for 35,000 Michigan residents in early April and for 150,000 residents by the end of 2011 if Snyder hadn’t signed the bill by Friday

In other words, if Gov. Snyder had not signed the bill, these people would have not been eligible for the 20 additional weeks from the federal government. Funny how you would never know that from the AP’s headline or lead paragraph. Mr. Snyder must be a Republican.

But critics, including Michigan’s entire Democratic congressional delegation, said the Republican governor should have vetoed the bill rather than sign cuts in state jobless benefits into law. Nearly every state has offered at least 26 weeks of benefits for the past half-century, and Michigan’s unemployment rate has been one of the nation’s highest for the past five years…

You see, if you are a Republican – even when you trade 6 weeks of unemployment for 20 weeks – you are wrong.

A letter urging Snyder to veto the bill was signed by Michigan’s two U.S. senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, as well as Democratic Reps. Hansen Clarke, John Conyers, John Dingell, Dale Kildee, Gary Peters and Sander Levin

When you have this kind of line-up against you, you must be doing something right.

Michigan added 71,000 jobs between February 2010 and last month, the first sustained job gain the state has seen in the past decade, and its unemployment rate has taken the biggest tumble of any state in the country over the past year, from 13.5 percent to 10.4 percent

What a wicked governor. This will teach the denizens there to ever vote Republican.

Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill that would cut the time that an unemployed worker could receive state benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. Some Florida lawmakers have targeted state benefits cuts as a way to reduce an increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses that otherwise would automatically go into effect as a result of Florida’s continuing high unemployment rate.

Such craziness. Why not just increase unemployment taxes. After all, aren’t employers part of ‘the rich’?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “MI Increases Jobless Benefits 14 Weeks”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Get ready for a wave of lazy grifters heading south.
    The enemy muslim sect will stay put and build their minirettes.


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