Utah refuses to extend unemployment benefits

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  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    April 11, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    @one old man

    The story says Utah provides 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits, and there is another 47 weeks of federal unemployment available for people after state benefits end.

    How is an additional 13 weeks of benefits going to help the minority of workers who still can't find work after 18 months?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 11, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    Rifleman, you didn't read carefully. My friends have not been sitting around waiting for a job to fall from the sky.

    Both are older. Does that have anything to do with it?

    One accepted a job -- part time, low pay, no benefits at WalMart. The other applied but was not hired. He has started working with a lawn care company spraying fertilizer. But again, part time.

    They all have some savings, but are leery of using too much of it. All have sought jobs outside this area and state.

    It will be very, very interesting to see what you would do if faced by a similar situation. I'll bet your tune would change.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 11, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Re: sirald66 | 12:28 a.m. April 11, 2011

    Decent people don't surf the internet in the middle of the night while they wait for their unemployment benefits to run out so they can have an excuse to turn to theft, prostitution and drugs.

    People who can't find employment in a combined total of 73 weeks of state and federal benefits just aren't looking very hard.

  • sirald66 SLC, UT
    April 11, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    So when their unemployment runs out, they go bankrupt; lose their home; hit the street; their children quit school; they eat low nutrition food from food banks; face violence and danger; become desperate; turn to theft, prostitution and take drugs to numb their misery.

    This was an immoral decision.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Re: Really??? | 11:03 a.m. April 10, 2011

    A combined total of 73 weeks of unemployment benefits goes above and beyond the kind of charity LDS Church leaders were talking about last Sunday. There are those who would complain if they couldn't get 1 or 2 hundred weeks of unemployment benefits.

    73 weeks is plenty, more than plenty, of time to find a job .... if you really want to.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    April 10, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    If these people really wanted to work they would find something, anything! Move out of State to where the jobs are. North Dakota is hurting for oil field workers and construction job applicants. So what if it is cold, wet and windy, it is honest work.
    Plenty of fruit picking jobs in California and Florida. Janitorial jobs are going wanting because these people are too picky or snooty to do the real work.
    If they won't go where the jobs are or refuse work 'below them', let them go hungry.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    Re: one old man | 1:23 p.m. April 10, 2011

    The operating word in Craig's comment is that 'MOST people find a job the week their unemployment benefits end'. Obviously the engineers you mentioned were the exception to the rule.

    If these folks haven't found work after a combined total of 73 weeks another 13 weeks isn't going to do the job.

    Your friends may not get the kind of jobs they're looking for but they will be able to find the kind of jobs that put food on the table.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Re: Pagan | 12:44 p.m. April 10, 2011

    With Utah's low unemployment rate 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits plus an additional 47 weeks of federal unemployment available after state benefits end should be ample time for most folks to find another job ...... if they really want one.

    Republicans just don't want to bury your children under a load of debt like California has done. The money California is paying through the nose in interest could be better spend on education if they'd been wiser in the past.

  • Gilbert Bean Ogden, UT
    April 10, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    After being laid off in January of last year at age 52 I went through two jobs before finding a job that fits my skill sets. Despite qualifying for the maximum amount of employment I never collected any. Jobs are available if people are willing to work. I'd rather work an $11 an hour job than collect the same in unemployment.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 10, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    This legislature is an utter waste of taxpayer money.

    They give rights to 120,000 illegals that cost the state in excess of $11 m monthly in medical costs. (Turns out they ignore the laws as much as those illegals) Yet on the other hand they deny offering those unemployed the chance for further unemployment benefits.

    In order to qualify for unemployment a person has to have been working legally and that is something that the 120,000 cannot say, yet they are given a break that is denied to those who should be entitled to the break.

    Tell me again how this makes sense.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 10, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    "Most people find a job the week their unemployment benefits end."

    Craig, that is absolutely false. I know a couple of engineers laid off from ATK last year. I can tell you they haven't been sitting around waiting for their unemployment checks to arrive. Another is working part-time at WalMart. One of the others applied, but wasn't hired. Overqualified?

  • Craig Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Most people find a job the week their unemployment benefits end. This will lower the unemployment rate in Utah. Ant job they take is better than being on the dole.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    'The offer from the federal government to provide nearly $100 million for an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits expired April 2. Qualifying required the approval of state lawmakers, something the Republican-dominated Legislature never supported.' - Article

    Republicans, don't care about you.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 10, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    Yeah, let's cut off unemployment benefits. Benefits that most of us have paid for through deductions from our paychecks for many years.

    But for Heaven's sake, don't anyone suggest cutting off the taxpayer funded health insurance all our legislators and their families enjoy.

    No, that wouldn't be nice would it?

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    April 10, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I wonder if these "leaders" who decided not to extend unemployment benefits to those in need actually listened to their church leaders last weekend. It seems to me there was a lot of talk about charity. I remember hearing one of the church leaders mention something about meeting basic physical needs before we can worry about spiritual, emotional, and intellectual needs. Finding a job is much more difficult when you are worrying about where your next rent payment, heating payment, or meals will come from. Let's do what we say we do and take care of our own.

  • OJF64 Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    This just goes to show the IQ's of our legislature and the fact they are totaly out of touch with what is going on out in the real world. Thankfully I am employed but I do know several people who are looking for employment and have had no luck and its defiantly not from lack of trying and this is not say that there are those milking the system. What our legislatures need is dose of reality. Public servants who are overpaid, not living by the same set of rules as the "public". Until they have to live by the same rules they will never care!

  • Chris T Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Hummmm, I guess if you have a job, the extension looks like a waste of tax money. If you don't have a job, times are tough. I sure don't want to count on people like Senator Waddoups to help the needy. Time to vote him and others like him out of office, they have been in far too long.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    April 10, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    So tell me Waddoups, et al -- where are the jobs?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 10, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    I applaud Utah leaders for refusing to participate in the unaffordable scheme that would both drive up Utah's expenditures and our federal tax dollars.

    How many years would Mr. Romero like to provide unemployment "benefits?" It is already over a year. Would two years be a long enough "bridge" or perhaps five years.

    For too many people (but certainly not all) welfare in any from becomes a way of life that rewards not working.

    There should be two absolute minimum requirement for any welfare program (including unemployment):
    a. Drug test recipients- pop positive even once and you are banned for life from being subsidized by the taxpayers.

    b. Forty hours a week work required- be it picking up trash alongside the road, digging ditches, or whatever tasks the state or a non-profit entity needs to have done. If someone is unwilling to work, there should be no handout.

    Anyone who disagrees is encouraged to contribute to the charity of their choice to subsidize people without restrictions, but don't confiscate my hard earned money to do it as a government program.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 10, 2011 5:43 a.m.

    It is a travesty that Utah won't take advantage of an opportunity to help its unemployed. This is irrational and heartless. They can rationalize all they want, but this is the wrong decision.