Skip to comments.Missouri stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits in trouble
Posted on 05/21/2009 6:05:17 PM PDT by MissouriConservative
An end-of-session attempt in Jefferson City to snare $133 million in federal stimulus money for expanding unemployment benefits has hit an unanticipated snag.
The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that the wording of the legislation made Missouri ineligible to receive the federal dollars.
Missouris law regarding their (unemployment insurance) changes would deem them ineligible for UI Modernization funds as passed, a spokeswoman for the Labor Department wrote The Kansas City Star in an e-mail.
Unlike their counterparts in Missouri, Kansas lawmakers intentionally made the changes permanent to meet the federal requirements for stimulus money.
State Rep. Raj Goyle, a Wichita Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said lawmakers understood that they would only get the stimulus money if the changes were made permanent. He said federal officials had given the new Kansas law an initial review and found no problems with it.
From all I understand were good to go, Goyle said.
In Missouri, the General Assemblys effort to expand eligibility for jobless benefits was intentionally made temporary. The federal government is insisting that the change be permanent so that more jobless people quality for more benefits.
Missouris legislation would automatically halt the expanded job benefits after the federal money was spent.
State Rep. John Burnett, a Kansas City Democrat, said the decision to make the eligibility expansion temporary was part of a deal to win Republican support. Burnett, a member of the House labor committee, said he supported the move.
Thats good public policy, Burnett said. In really bad economic times, we expand our unemployment benefits. When unemployment goes down, we dont need to expand.
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Kansas bent over and grabbed their ankles to get the federal money.
At least Missouri put the provision in there to halt the payments after the federal money runs out. Not a great thing as they still went for the money but at least they had some common sense to make it temporary so that when the federal money runs out, Missouri isn’t on the hook forever.
FEDS are saying, "Make your laws the way we TELL you too, or you get none of the money your taxpayers are required to repay!
In New York another extension of Unemployment Benefits was announced by Governor Patterson-it is now possible to receive up to 72 weeks of benefits, 26 regular weeks and 46 weeks of extended.
Okay, so those in unemployment get a few extra weeks. How will this develope new businesses, products or services?
Yep. I hope Missouri keeps the law the same, no more unemployment after the feds money runs out.
What I’d rather would happen is that Missouri would scrap this law and, in the most public way possible, give the middle finger to Zero and his little stooges Pelosi and Reid.
Hey, I can dream can’t I?
72 weeks????? OMG. Over a year of sitting on your brains and living off of the taxpayer’s dime.
An end-of-session attempt in Jefferson City to snare $133 million in federal stimulus money for expanding unemployment benefits has hit an unanticipated snag. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that the wording of the legislation made Missouri ineligible to receive the federal dollars.
It would be bettter if Missouri sued the Feds (if the Feds allow that), claiming discrimination or equal protection or somesuch.