Federal Unemployment Extensions End This Weekend

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Capital Area United Way President Teresa Kmetz knows our unemployment situation is bleak.

"It's absolutely scary," she says.

She also knows it's about to get even bleaker, once the federal unemployment extensions start to run out.

"I'm very concerned about what this means for local charities, already having record numbers of inviduals at our doors asking for assistance," Kmetz says. "We are coming critically close to having to turn people away from receiving services."

February 28th-- the day the extensions start to exhaust-- is this weekend. And so far, there's nothing concrete in Washington to make sure that doesn't happen. Governor Jennifer Granholm says the state is not prepared for the burden.

"The implications for safety net of Michigan are horrific. What happens is people lose their ability to put food on the table or to pay basic amount of mortgage," the governor says. "I'm hopeful the Senate will act either today or tomorrow to [extend it]. It's a six-month extension the House has already passed. The Ssenate needs to do it for people all across the country," she says.

Thursday, Rep. Mark Schauer, (D) Michigan, is introducing another bill to extend unemployment insurance until the end of September. But time is not on Michigan's side, and if people lose their last source of income, Kmetz says it will be on the shoulders of their neighbors to step in.

"This is a very generous community. I'd encourage people to support their local communities and local charities," she says.


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  • by Joe Location: West Chester on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    People- it's time to vote out all the current congressional representation at the next election. None are doing wht needs to be done.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    I think it is time government starts doing something about all the illegals here.Stop bringing people here from other countries on work visas and get rid of the old blood in government who don't care what happens to this country or the people in it.This cut off will have many bad effects on the economy.Cause home prices to crash even more.Even if many can get on social services welfare program,states like Mich will go under even quicker than it is already doing.I think the one who voted against this needs his head checked out.He must of lost his mind.The white house needs to get rid of some of the old,narrow minded fools.This may be an effort to force people to get jobs.Problem is they are over seas,or in mexico.Because the government allowed that to happen.Just like the billions we pay out each yr for wars.Not winning are we.Just how long before we are in another war with some one?problem is it may just be here in the USA.Civil war that is.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    This is not going to help Mich.This will cause many problems in many things.Guess the one that voted against it is just against the USA people and this country.Go over his head and boot him out.Send him to china where so many of our jobs are.Or force factories and business to hire people.It isn't him needing the help so the heck with who does.People would be working if there were jobs.Putting people in this mess is cruel and inhumane.It may cost but so do the wars,what we pay all upper government people and all the foolish spending the white house does every day.Down goes the economy with this one.More problems just added to what the USA people are going through.One step closer to socialist government or worse.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    Your car insurance goes up more if you file more claims against it. If people paid unemployment like they pay for their car insurance, they would want to go back to work faster because of the risk of increased premiums. They would avoid companies that routinely lay off employees and we would see our unemployment rate plummet to 2 or 3%.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    With these people getting unemployment it is going to hurt the economy more and put many on welfare.So more taxes will be needed to keep many more programs going.They will be needed very badly.DHS workers can't handle what case loads they have now so more will have to be put back to work.Charities and food banks can't begin to keep up now.More will need to give than ever before to help suffering people.Crime could rise higher than ever and more police may be needed.Taking this from thousands of people will cost so much more in the long run and more tax money will be needed.Who will be paying these high taxes.It will be the rich because the poor have been bleed out.Being jobless does that.If we think a big amount of homes set empty now.This will cause more to be empty.Banks will loose money on that.Utility companies will to.Up goes them prices.Many will have no money to buy,so there could go more jobs.How is this all going to work?IT WON"T!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    Unemployment is a big cut in what you normally got in a pay check.People act like it is so high.If it was then why are so many that are on it getting food cards and still can't eat right and not keep all bills paid.To get food cards you are living in the poverty side of things.Many of these people worked for many years.Paid their dues.MV,I can see you are lacking in many facts and have been misinformed or something?Your future may not be as bright as you think.Be glad people are spending money at where you work,but don't judge all.I'm glad grand dad went out and got a job at 70.Most places won't hire some one that age.But he should be retired?Guess his retirement wasn't enough,but he is taking a job from someone else.If his retirement wasn't enough,how is unemployment enough for people?I take it you don't have a lot of bills to pay or children to support,and are you paying for your schooling are are you getting free money for it?I didn't know a debit card said UNEMPLOYMENT on them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    I suppose the lawmaker from Tenn. who is holding the extension, is a confederate and a republican, and has a great deal of family money. Doesn't have to worry about food on the table. Guarantee he's not from the hills of Tenn. where people live on next to nothing. I can not believe this is happening in this country.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    With out some income for people,may I ask how are they to live?How are they going to eat and pay bills or buy anything.The thousands that loose unemployment says they spend nothing,that will hurt other jobs people have.It could cause lay offs and everything else.The trickle down effect.Any one at 70 that works,should be retired,and it takes a job away from a younger person that isn't on SS.Charities and food banks can't keep up now and as many more loosing jobs or unemployment this strains them even more.MV you don't know as much as you think you do and with out all the jobs needed,many will NOT find jobs after college.More could loose homes and many things they have worked for.This helps how?It don't.The more that can't find work and do end up on welfare,they end up not paying taxes and then the government looses more.Please tell people where all the jobs are?There are many areas that have non.Lansing is not the only place in MI.Get the whole picture of this state,not just one area.
  • by Johnny B Location: Parma on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    One thing those opposed to the unemployment extensions need to realize is that ALL of us that are on unemployment were once working. We are not welfare pros.
  • by KM on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    MV - WOW.....Thanks for lumping all of the unemployed into one category....There are some of us that don't spend our money on "wants", we spend it on needs. I guess, if I were you, you better start thanking those "unemployed customers" who are spending their money on wants because otherwise you may not have a job. One other thing....don't be so quick to judge people - those things that you consider "wants" may be needs to them. But of course, assumptions are usually made by the ignorant.
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