Reduction In Unemployment Benefits

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – After nearly two hours of debate, the Georgia Senate has voted to approve a proposal that would reduce the number of weeks people could collect unemployment.

The measure was passed by a 34-13 vote split along partisan lines. The plan also reduces the amount employers would have to pay to tackle a $736 million debt the state owes on federal funds used to pay unemployment benefits in recent years.

The proposal would repay that debt by 2014 and replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund by 2016 to $1.1 billion. Supporters argued the plan was painful but necessary, and shared the burden among businesses, the unemployed and the state.

While Democrats agreed action was necessary to repay the debt, several blasted the plan as potentially unconstitutional and harmful to the unemployed.

  • Needs Vacation

    These type of articles misrepresent the severity of the employment crisis and only suggest less people are losing their jobs.

    – 3.4 million yearly college graduates enter the workforce
    – 150k new jobs added monthly on average to the workforce
    * Twice the number of college graduates
    Moreover, there are 23million total unemployed along with the 9million jobs lost in ’08-’09 recession.

    Unemployment should be extended and US companies who moved their operations overseas should foot the bill.

  • Sherly

    As for “fred” let me remind him that now is not then and here is not there. Let me quote Hanson on why this man is a iopson popsicle jammed into the mouth of job creators:”Here is the lament I heard: the near $5 trillion in borrowing in just three years, the radical growth in the size of the federal government and its regulatory zeal, Obamacare, the Boeing plant closure threat, the green jobs sweet-heart deals and Van Jones-like “Millions of Green Jobs” nonsense, the vast expansion in food stamps and unemployment pay-outs, the reversal of the Chrysler creditors, politically-driven interference in the car industry, the failed efforts to get card check and cap and trade, the moratoria on new drilling in the Gulf, the general antipathy to new fossil fuel exploration coupled with new finds of vast new reserves, the new financial regulations, an aggressive EPA oblivious to the effects of its advocacy on jobs, the threatened close-down of energy plants, the support for idling thousands of acres of irrigated farmland due to environmental regulations, the constant talk of higher taxes, the needlessly provocative rhetoric of “fat cat”, “millionaires and billionaires”, “corporate jet owners”, etc. juxtaposed, in hypocritical fashion, to Martha’s Vineyard, Costa del Sol, and Vail First Family getaways—all of these isolated strains finally are becoming a harrowing opera to business people.”

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