Thursday, August 19, 2010
Of course, we are dealing with an election year right now, and there could be a lot of distractions along the way. The elections could postpone any headway on the measure, but that has yet to be seen.
Still yet, the most recent jobs report indicates a jump in jobless claims...again. There are millions of unemployed Americans out there who need more than the customary 26 weeks plus 73 additional weeks of federal extensions.
So 99 weeks are not enough for many, and so Stabenow's bill will add an additional 20 weeks. This, of course, is only a temporary measure. To combat the long-term problem, Stabenow suggests offering tax incentives to businesses who hire long-term unemployed workers.
This is needed, so be sure you fight for this if you need the Tier 5 unemployment extension.