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.
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
So tell me Waddoups, et al -- where are the jobs?
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.
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
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.
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?
'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.
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
"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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Re: sirald66 | 12:28 a.m. April 11, 2011Decent 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.
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.
@one old manThe 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?