Minnesota unemployed will get less help from the benefit extension passed yesterday by the Senate, writes MN 2020’s Senta Knuth, because Minnesota has a comparatively lower unemployment rate. One of the give-backs to Republicans in Congress was the agreement that states with lower unemployment would get 13 fewer weeks from the extension. Continue reading
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NEWS DAY | Extending unemployment benefits and MN / Bulls-eye on Target politicking / Who is Shirley Sherrod?
Extending unemployment compensation – is the Senate finally ready to do the right thing? As you probably remember, before the July 4 recess, the Senate repeatedly voted down an extension, which Paul Krugman explained as the action of “a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused.” Now, with one more Democrat seated, the Senate may vote to extend unemployment compensation, which would at least help some of the five or six or seven people looking for every open job in the country. Continue reading
Republicans in the Senate (joined by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman) killed the unemployment compensation extension and more last week, claiming that the country can’t afford to add to the deficit. The bill that was killed, as described by The Hill, included tax breaks and aid to states, as well as the unemployment benefit extension and a delay in Medicare payment cuts to doctors. Cutting the deficit, however, is bad news for the stumbling recovery. Continue reading