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Ananich Statement on MI House Vote to Weaken Unemployment Insurance


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tom Lenard, 517-373-5719

Statement of Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint) on House Vote to Weaken Unemployment Insurance

“Too many politicians in Lansing and Washington are viewing our unemployment system as a zero sum game, where the only way businesses can win is if workers lose. If we strengthened unemployment insurance, we could help families survive while being retrained and local businesses that rely on these consumers to purchase goods and services. Michigan's economy has started to take a step forward, but I fear that moves like this force us two steps back."

The Republican-controlled Michigan House today opposed an amendment to restore state unemployment insurance back to 26 weeks and instead voted for a proposal that will likely rob even more unemployed workers from the insurance they have earned. Ananich is the sponsor of HB 4619 to restore unemployment, as well as HB 4675 to prevent discrimination against unemployed workers who are applying for new jobs.

The Congressional Budget Office has found that for every $1 of investment in unemployment insurance nearly $2 is generated in economic activity. The Economic Policy Institute released a report last month revealing that more than 20,000 jobs could be lost in Michigan if Congress does not extend unemployment insurance at the federal level.

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