Liberty and Freedom
Your opinion counts.
1. I support no extension of federal unemployment benefits and support maintaining 26 weeks in state unemployment benefits.
2. I support extending federal unemployment benefits by 20 weeks and support maintaining 26 weeks in state unemployment benefits .
3. I support extending the federal unemployment benefits by 20 weeks and support dropping state unemployment benefits to 20 weeks in one year.
4. I support extending the federal unemployment benefits by 20 weeks and support dropping state unemployment after one year on a sliding scale starting at 20 weeks if the state unemployment rate is over 10% and moving down to 6 weeks if the unemployment rate drops to <5%.
If limited to this listing, I support #1.
I support no extension of unemployment benefits. However, I think that all unemployment benefits should decrease each month after 6 months of full benefit. After six months, each additional month should be 95% of the last month's unemployment benefit. After 42 months (yes, that’s three years with a reducing benefit after a full 6 months at full benefit) the benefit would be 16% of the original benefit, and it is time to get back to work. Now, that is real incentive with a lot of compassion.
Option # 1
We have to get back to constitutionally limited government.
#1 There are no other viable options.
I support #4, but only if it can be arranged for the recepients do some work for the state or local government to earn, at least some, of the money they receive.
If the above conditions cannot be arranged, I support #1.
Conceptually, I support # 1, because of the limitation on Federal benefits extensions.
However...since the state & voters are mutually responsible for much of this unprecedented mess in which we find ourselves, I would prefer the some form of sliding scale as noted in #4 - recognizing it's gotta stop, but we have lost a lot of employers.
We need to work back to starting fresh, and the closer to home we make it the better. We who can should help those who can't.. And if you won't work...at something...you won't eat. :-)
I support NO unemployment benefit extensions. At this rate, if one played his/her cards right, one could retire on unemployment. I remember I once was eligible to get unemployment for the max of 13 weeks, but I looked hard and was employed again after 3 weeks.