Michigan residents are getting screwed over by their governor. Yesterday - Republican Rick Snyder signed into law legislation that would cut 6 weeks from unemployment benefits. Every state in the country currently pays out 26 weeks of benefits – but now Michigan will lead the way in paying out only 20 weeks – and that’s a state that’s had higher than a 10% unemployment rate for longer than any other state in the country. In other words, the state with the worst unemployment numbers – also treats the unemployed the worst.
As U.S. Congressman Sander Levin said about the move, “It turns the clock back 50 years at a time when unemployment is at historic highs since the Depression.” Not only does Governor Snyder’s bill amount to nothing less than a war against poor people – he also fails to realize that paying out unemployment benefits help boost economic activity and get people back to work. This isn’t just heartless – it’s bad economic policy. But I get it – Governor Snyder has to take money out of some place – like poor people’s pockets – in order to pay for his $200 million tax cut for big corporations and their CEOs.
Another Republican who read the story of Robin Hood backwards.