Lawmakers Want to Extend Jobless Benefits

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Democrats in the state Legislature again are pushing to extend benefits for Michigan's unemployed.

A plan detailed by House Democrats would extend benefits for the unemployed by 13 weeks when the state's unemployment rate is five percent or higher.

Current law allows the unemployed to get benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks.

The Democratic proposal also would increase the weekly unemployment benefit that laid-off workers receive.

Democrats have proposed similar measures in the past several months. The legislation is not likely to be advanced by the Republican-led Legislature because of the increased cost.