Michigan is suffering in a major way and it doesn’t appear that anyone will be coming to the rescue. State officials and lobbyist organizations that are trying to cut the state’s massive deficit supported a bill to extend the unemployment benefits for residents that are out of work and would be losing their benefits next month. But now they are beginning to backpedal on their decision to back the bill because of the harshness of the compromise being made to receive it.
The present aid available for those who have been layed off and have exhausted the standard 26 weeks of state benefits and the 53 weeks of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation is the federal Extended Benefits program, which provides an additional 20 weeks of aid. But now, in order to preserve eligibility in the federal EB progam, the state is preparing to cut the standard state benefit from 26 weeks to 20 weeks, according to the Huffington Post.
Attaching this requirement to eligibility for the EB program is the state’s best idea to help cut the state’s deficit and meet the needs of 35,000 residents facing a loss of aid in approximately one week. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) lobbied in favor of the extension because of the abrupt cut to aid next week, but now they are not in agreement with the tactics being taken against future unemployed residents of the state. The legislation proposes that in January 2012, the state benefits will not exceed 20 weeks.
NELP is pleading with Governor Rick Snyder (R) to veto the bill calling it “shockingly harsh, reckless and cynical.” But, it appears that Gov. Snyder is not listening and will be signing the bill, according to his spokesperson Sara Wurfel. This moves gives relief to Michigan employers as well as removes some of the state’s debt off of his plate.
Read more here on this policy that may be coming to states all across America, especially Michigan’s neighboring states that are already watching for Michigan’s response.