Olver pushes for extending unemployment benefits - Sentinel & Enterprise

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As the worst job crisis in three decades drags on, more than 50,000 Massachusetts residents could see their unemployment benefits cut off on Christmas Day.
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Since: Nov 10

Clinton, MA

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It would ne nice to hear how Olver plans to pay for the benefits extension...more taxes, more debt?

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99 weeks isn't enough time to find a job? I hope this extension gets shot down in order to stimulate job growth.
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Extend them under these rules...

Benefits decrease by 8% each month, no abrubt cut-off, but some incentive to get off your <blank> and find a job, there is an end in sight.
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Fitchburg, MA

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3 years of unemployment? Are you kidding me? The longer a person can collect the more likely they will not find a job they consider worth taking. This is becoming a welfare program. If I tell someone they can sleep on my couch for one week they will have to find a place to stay. If I say go ahead and stay until you get on your feet they will never leave!
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Leominster, MA

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So easy for all you to say when you still have your job! You have no idea how hard it is to get a simple interview with all the people applying!!!!! Part of the rules of unemployment is that you look and apply for jobs weekly, so what about all the people that are following the rules and have still not landed a job? What about the families where both parents are laid off and their only income is unemployment because they can not get a job!!! You are all selfish and heartless! So easy to point the finger when you are not living the nightmare!!!!!!!
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The voters in Massachusetts decided to put the same lame people (Democrats)back in office, after they did little to nothing for fixing the unemployment issues here in Massachusetts. The answer isn't to continue to go further and further in debt by extending benefits. The answers are to fix the issues that drive employers out of Massachusetts, and BTW...taxing them at higher and higher rates isn't going to fix it.

The only answer Democrats have is to increase taxes and continue funding the programs...that is an endless cycle to nowhere and will ultimately fail.
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Bolton, MA

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Dec 2, 2010
 
Just facts wrote:
The voters in Massachusetts decided to put the same lame people (Democrats)back in office, after they did little to nothing for fixing the unemployment issues here in Massachusetts. The answer isn't to continue to go further and further in debt by extending benefits. The answers are to fix the issues that drive employers out of Massachusetts, and BTW...taxing them at higher and higher rates isn't going to fix it.
The only answer Democrats have is to increase taxes and continue funding the programs...that is an endless cycle to nowhere and will ultimately fail.
1. The dems lowered taxes

2. Mass unemployment rate is well below national average and still dropping.

3. We can balance the budget without hurting seniors or doing any more damage to the poor. Republicans just want to redistribute the wealth upward, as usual.
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Fairport, NY

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Dec 3, 2010
 
Yeah, the Democrats lowered taxes. My taxes are proof of that. Massachusetts has a higher unemployment rate than 19 other states...pretty impressive.

I can see clearly that you believe seniors and the poor will create the jobs that are needed to correct our economy.

Don't forget...wealthy people create our jobs, not the poor. If you keep attacking them, our jobs will move overseas even more quickly than they are now.
IDK

Leominster, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
Wealthy people do not create jobs from their personal income, except for domestic services. Wealthy people with businesses create jobs through their corporations. The corporate tax rates are not mentioned at all.
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Fitchburg, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
FunnySad wrote:
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1. The dems lowered taxes
2. Mass unemployment rate is well below national average and still dropping.
3. We can balance the budget without hurting seniors or doing any more damage to the poor. Republicans just want to redistribute the wealth upward, as usual.
The sales tax went up, which didn't help stores near NH. Same with the liquor sales tax. I'm still waiting for my property tax cut Deval promised in 2006. That continues to go up despite the house value dropping. If nothing is done soon all of our taxes are going up with the biggest jump for the lowest income taxpayers (50% increase in rate and lowering the tax threshold). Unemployment is still higher than it was before the democrats took control of Congress in 2007; 9.8% now, 5% during most of the 2000's.
Get off your arse

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Dec 3, 2010
 
Come-on people, quit milking the system! If you can't get a job,
you are not trying hard-enough,
or you are too picky, or simply
just riding it out as long as you can.
You may have to settle for a less-than-ideal job, but isn't that better than nothing?

Since: Apr 09

Leominster, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
Don't panic, as Olver plans to run AGAIN in 2012, he'll be 78 years old then....
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Fitchburg, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
How bout give people the benefits but you either go to school full-time and maintain a certain GPA or every week after you start collecting it drops a percentage until you find a job? This is just another variation of welfare. And I'm tired of getting up and busting my butt every day while my neighbor sits on his and keep collecting and claiming there's no jobs out there. Well sure?! You're grabbing 600 a week for the past 2 years! Why bother?
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Northampton, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
FunnySad wrote:
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1. The dems lowered taxes
2. Mass unemployment rate is well below national average and still dropping.
3. We can balance the budget without hurting seniors or doing any more damage to the poor. Republicans just want to redistribute the wealth upward, as usual.
Well below the national average! Really? Pay people to stay outta work longer, great policy. Maybe some of these tightwads in Mass could come up with some new ideas to hire people. Good gwief!
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Dec 3, 2010
 
IDK wrote:
Wealthy people do not create jobs from their personal income, except for domestic services. Wealthy people with businesses create jobs through their corporations. The corporate tax rates are not mentioned at all.
Read the stats...many of the businesses in the USA are not incorporated, they are sole propriatorships that are taxed as personal income. If you increase their taxes, they will have to layoff more people.

http://economics.about.com/od/smallbigbusines...
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Hopkinton, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
blame the bankers you fools - there have been 1.5 quadrillion dollars generated in derivative financial instrument valuations globally by the top 6 as a means to rape your state and federal budgets.

Doesn't anyone here read zerohedge?

http://www.zerohedge.com/

we deserve it if we don't stand up.

..bitching about a paltry unemployment check when your congress allows your private central bank to hand out trillions (yes, trillions) to foreign banks (let that sink in, morons) is truly missing the mark.

go back to your main stream news, and wal-mart crap
haha

Hopkinton, MA

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#18
Dec 3, 2010
 
here's a little edumacation for the brain-dead sheep

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Marquis deBunk

Bolton, MA

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Dec 3, 2010
 
Yeah Right wrote:
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Read the stats...many of the businesses in the USA are not incorporated, they are sole propriatorships that are taxed as personal income. If you increase their taxes, they will have to layoff more people.
http://economics.about.com/od/smallbigbusines...
Five myths about the Bush tax cuts

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2. Allowing the high-income tax cuts to expire would hurt small businesses.

One of the most common objections to letting the cuts expire for those in the highest tax brackets is that it would hurt small businesses. As Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) recently put it, allowing the cuts to lapse would amount to "a job-killing tax hike on small business during tough economic times."

This claim is misleading. If, as proposed, the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire for the highest earners, the vast majority of small businesses will be unaffected. Less than 2 percent of tax returns reporting small-business income are filed by taxpayers in the top two income brackets -- individuals earning more than about $170,000 a year and families earning more than about $210,000 a year.

And just as most small businesses aren't owned by people in the top income brackets, most people in the top income brackets don't rely mainly on small-business income: According to the Tax Policy Center, such proceeds make up a majority of income for about 40 percent of households in the top income bracket and a third of households in the second-highest bracket. If the objective is to help small businesses, continuing the Bush tax cuts on high-income taxpayers isn't the way to go -- it would miss more than 98 percent of small-business owners and would primarily help people who don't make most of their money off those businesses.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
Marquis deBunk

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Dec 3, 2010
 
haha wrote:
blame the bankers you fools - there have been 1.5 quadrillion dollars generated in derivative financial instrument valuations globally by the top 6 as a means to **** your state and federal budgets.
Doesn't anyone here read zerohedge?
http://www.zerohedge.com/
we deserve it if we don't stand up.
..bitching about a paltry unemployment check when your congress allows your private central bank to hand out trillions (yes, trillions) to foreign banks (let that sink in,****) is truly missing the mark.
go back to your main stream news, and wal-mart ****
Ask Scott Brown how the financial reform bill got so watered down.
Wake Up Democrats

Southbridge, MA

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#21
Dec 3, 2010
 
When was the last time a middle class person or poor person signed your pay check! Hello!

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