state unemployment benefits extension

state unemployment benefits extension

There are 43 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 25, 2009, titled state unemployment benefits extension. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The State House and Senate announcing the passing of yet another extension to emergency unemployment compensation benefits.

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Angela

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Mar 25, 2009
Let me see if I understand this right: I exhausted the first 26 weeks, then used up 20 weeks under the EUC tier 1 and I'm currently on tier 2 with 13 weeks. When all of that is gone (hopefully I'm working before then), I'll still have...20 weeks? It's starting to get confusing, keeping track. It's nice to be able to view my info on the state website. For my fellow unemployed neighbors, keep the faith - it will get better (I hope...GULP!).
rico

United States

#2 Mar 25, 2009
What about the people that have been out of work for a long time is there any help for them?
dilligaf

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 25, 2009
We need to weed out the abusers doing cash jobs and drawing unemployment making more money than they were working. Not even looking for jobs.
hardcore

Allendale, MI

#4 Mar 25, 2009
rico wrote:
What about the people that have been out of work for a long time is there any help for them?
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Whew

Harvard, IL

#5 Mar 25, 2009
Ya know it's pretty bad when you can't even get a job at a Temp service, unless you speak spanish. But I'm glad for the extentions.
Jobless

AOL

#6 Mar 25, 2009
Is an extra 7 weeks gonna do it folks? There are no jobs in site and massive people needing the few available! Let's see if it turns around for all of us whom need a job?!#!
Jim B

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Mar 25, 2009
You got that right, start boycotting the businesses that are hiring illegals. They are not even required to have a health screening and they are working in food industries.
Whew wrote:
Ya know it's pretty bad when you can't even get a job at a Temp service, unless you speak spanish. But I'm glad for the extentions.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Sparta, MI

#8 Mar 25, 2009
Where does the money come from to pay all these people? I'm glad there is help but who pays for it?
Tom

AOL

#9 Mar 25, 2009
This is wonderful news. Now I am wondering how this all fits in with the TRA/TAA program that I have been told that people who lost their jobs at my employer are eligible for?
Justice

United States

#10 Mar 25, 2009
Whew wrote:
Ya know it's pretty bad when you can't even get a job at a Temp service, unless you speak spanish. But I'm glad for the extentions.
. Why do you white people always have to put down the mexicans. What have we done wrong to you. We want to work too and have a better life and put our kids to college. A long time ago the Indians were the only ones here until the illegal started to cross the ocean to get to America. Not only that but 8 states of America use to belong to mexico unitl Santana was bride. Why not live peacefully and stop all this put down of races. I am half spanish and half Apache. I don't go around criticizing races. Cheers.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Sparta, MI

#11 Mar 25, 2009
Justice wrote:
<quoted text>. Why do you white people always have to put down the mexicans. What have we done wrong to you. We want to work too and have a better life and put our kids to college. A long time ago the Indians were the only ones here until the illegal started to cross the ocean to get to America. Not only that but 8 states of America use to belong to mexico unitl Santana was bride. Why not live peacefully and stop all this put down of races. I am half spanish and half Apache. I don't go around criticizing races. Cheers.
"Spanish" is a language spoken in many countries - why do YOU assume that person was talking about race. I believe the subject was English. This is now America, the United States of America, and the first, main language is English. That's all. Language, not "race". Heck, I don't even know what I am "racially" speaking. But I do know I'm an American citizen and the main language here is American English. I do speak other languages a bit, enough to understand some basics. But the point was this is America. Melting pot - with one first language.
spunky baby

Cannonsburg, MI

#12 Mar 25, 2009
why do are children and all of us have to speak spanish shit ? what the hell we are amercian law abiding citzens ,what the hell ? they came here we didnt go looking for them. wake up amercia get real. Your dam jobs are gone and there still here. What the hell usa get real
spunky baby

Cannonsburg, MI

#13 Mar 25, 2009
justy you need to get the 1st flight out of gr for mexcio
okeN

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Mar 25, 2009
Justice wrote:
<quoted text>. Why do you white people always have to put down the mexicans. What have we done wrong to you. We want to work too and have a better life and put our kids to college. A long time ago the Indians were the only ones here until the illegal started to cross the ocean to get to America. Not only that but 8 states of America use to belong to mexico unitl Santana was bride. Why not live peacefully and stop all this put down of races. I am half spanish and half Apache. I don't go around criticizing races. Cheers.
What does any of this race B.S. have to do with unemployment benefits being extended? There are countless people that have worked long and hard for years that are now counting on these benefits. That now includes me. Instead of looking forward to retirement in a few years I now have to start from scratch. And it all traces back to corporate greed. Plain and simple.
rock

United States

#15 Mar 25, 2009
Now im really confused about all the extensions..
can someone explain this in detail?
get real

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Mar 25, 2009
I am so thankful that the unemployed have some help. I am unemployed.
To me the large employers in the area who are sending our job all over the world are the problem. We have been told how wonderful a global economy would be. Now we are experiencing how ugly a global recession is. Importing all the junk from other substandard counties for the cheapest price is importing third world poverty for our children. The large employers really don't care what happens to Michigan or the local communities. We need to get back to the Mom and Pop local economy in order to survive!
interested

Belleville, MI

#17 Mar 25, 2009
I have been unemployeed for approx. 2 months. I have a question for anyone who cares to answer without bashing me or others. I have not received full unemployment benefits because I still have my part time job (about 10 hours a week) so I dont know what full pay is. If I am correct I think its around $350-$375. Is it smart for someone to take a $10 an hour job (I have an interview next week for one) and take home $300 a week or better not to work and make the same or a little more? Does that qualify as "abusing the system" as some people might say? Or is it better off to counting to look for a job that would even pay $12-$13 still I can collect unemployment. Thanks
DiV

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Mar 25, 2009
Bring jobs from China i Mexico.Clinton and NAFTA are destroyed USA economy.Bush finished.
falalalala falalala

Kalamazoo, MI

#19 Mar 25, 2009
interested wrote:
Is it smart for someone to take a $10 an hour job (I have an interview next week for one) and take home $300 a week or better not to work and make the same or a little more? Does that qualify as "abusing the system" as some people might say?
If you get a job offer for at least 70% of what you were making before you got laid-off, you have to take it.$10/hr is 70% of $14.29/hr. So if you made less than $14.29/hr at your last job you have to take a $10/hr job.

The max. unemployment benefit is $387/week, gross You only have to pay federal (after a $2400 deduction) and state income tax on this money, no FICA, medicare or city.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#20 Mar 25, 2009
Justice wrote:
<quoted text>. Why do you white people always have to put down the mexicans. What have we done wrong to you. We want to work too and have a better life and put our kids to college. A long time ago the Indians were the only ones here until the illegal started to cross the ocean to get to America. Not only that but 8 states of America use to belong to mexico unitl Santana was bride. Why not live peacefully and stop all this put down of races. I am half spanish and half Apache. I don't go around criticizing races. Cheers.
Sorry this topic is not about you, you,you. Furthermore you sound like you have an inferiority complex. Go back to Mexico and work for Electrolux. Mexico took all those jobs. No we are not bashing Mexicans but we should nit be passed over for a job because we can not speak spanish. If you come to America speak our language. I'll stop now before I really get going. God Bless

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