Monday, March 28, 2011

The Assault on the Middle Class Continues

The new Governor of Michigan is proving to be more of an asshole than in neighboring Wisconsin. You wonder what he is thinking when he cuts off unemployment after five months when most people are unemployed for longer than six months.
There is no valid reason why keeping federally-financed Extended Benefits in place in Michigan should require a permanent reduction in the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits paid in our state’s UI program," Rick McHugh, a staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project, said in a statement. "The Governor’s actions today mean that Michigan will be the only state paying less than 26 weeks for their maximum duration of benefits in the U.S. Michigan has paid 26 weeks of benefits since 1954."
Why Michigan, which has suffered so much at the hands of outsourcing and trade policies that guarantee an unfair playing field , would elect a tea party Republican is a mystery. I would hate to say I told you so but......

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