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email from Unemployedworkers.org regarding benefits in Michigan (Petition)

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email from Unemployedworkers.org regarding benefits in Michigan (Petition)

Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:29 pm

Dear xxxxxxxxxx

Your quick action is urgently needed to
help stop a major cutback to unemployment insurance that would set a dangerous
national precedent. What was a state issue is now an urgent national
issue
.

In a shockingly harsh, reckless and cynical
move, the Michigan legislature has approved a bill that would reduce the maximum
weeks of eligibility for regular state unemployment benefits to 20 weeks from
the national standard of 26 weeks, while allowing for a technical fix to
continue the current federally-funded Extended Benefits program.
Now Michigan’s newly elected Governor
Rick Snyder has a choice to make. He can do the right thing: veto the bill, and
tell the legislature to immediately pass a simple fix to continue federal
Extended Benefits, but without any cuts to state benefits—and help protect
working families. Or he can become the first and only Governor, and make
Michigan the first and only state to reduce state unemployment benefits to less
than 26 weeks—and endorse this stealth attack on working
families.

Click
here to tell Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to VETO the bill, REJECT the cuts to
state UI benefits, and SUPPORT a clean Extended Benefits
measure.

Supporting the technical fix to continue
Extended Benefits is the right thing to do. And it is clear that the legislature
saw it could not stand in the way of a groundswell of support for continuing
those Extended Benefits.
But, apparently at the behest of the
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, some members of the legislature attached a
devastating provision that would cut back regular state unemployment insurance
eligibility from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. Governor Snyder should reject that cut
back.

If Gov. Snyder signs the bill on his desk,
Michigan would have the inglorious distinction of being the only state in the
nation to reduce the maximum weeks of state benefits to less than the national
standard of 26 weeks. And this in a state with the nation’s longest stretch of
double-digit unemployment, where the jobless rate has exceeded the national
average for more than a decade, and where the maximum unemployment benefit is
already less than all its other Great Lakes neighbors and many other
states.
[b][b]Click
here to tell Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to VETO the bill, REJECT the cuts to
state UI benefits, and SUPPORT a clean Extended Benefits
measure.
[/b][/b]
Passing a technical fix to continue
federal Extended Benefits is the right thing to do. It would make those benefits
available if needed to an estimated 150,000 long-term jobless workers in
Michigan through 2011. But cutting back on regular state unemployment benefits
is the wrong thing to do.
It would not only hurt unemployed workers, it
would hurt local businesses, who would not see those benefits spent for
groceries, fuel and other necessities in their communities. And it would set a
dangerous precedent for other states.
Click
here to tell Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to VETO the bill, REJECT the cuts to
state UI benefits, and SUPPORT a clean Extended Benefits
measure.

Please
take action now!

Then call Gov. Snyder: PHONE:
(517) 373-3400
And send him your own personal email:
E-MAIL: Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov
Many thanks,
The
Unemployedworkers.org Team

Mitchell,
Chris, Andy, Maurice, Judy, Christine, Rebecca, Mike, Rick, George, Norman,
Claire and Blase

www.Unemployedworkers.org

_________________
Thanks to all members for participating in the discussions.

Jobless_in_Ma
Administrator
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Posts : 2348
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 42
Location : Ma

http://www.unemployed-friends2.org

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