We, the People, have been screwed again. Remember President Obama was talking about how those on unemployment could qualify for emergency unemployment extensions for up to 99 months? Well those who are unemployed in Florida have realized that filling for an extension is 100% impossible right now. The DailySkew knows several Floridians who rely on unemployment benefits to survive this economic crisis, and they have reported that the unemployment office told them that the deadline was June 5 (or May 24, it seems). This was not advertised anywhere. Which make sit more frustrating since the unemployment office is notorious for sending snail mail saying “file this week”- like you really needed to be reminded.
That means if you did not file your extension by June 5, 2010 you are now DONE, according to the State of Florida. Your only option is to try and collect welfare and food stamps, although you will be rejected if you have no kids, and if you have a working spouse- after all, you’re making “too much” money.
The U.S. Senate will vote to extend unemployment benefits when the replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd, is sworn in..uhm…sometime in the future. Also add the fact that Florida legislature must change language in a state law, which NOW prevents Floridians from receiving the extended benefits if they filed after June, 5! Keep in mind: if your unemployment benefits did not run out BEFORE June 5, you weren’t ALLOWED to file for an extension anyway! You got scammed by politicians and laws- the faceless unbeatable bureaucracy. Welcome to America. MEANWHILE, Republicans have been trying to stop the extension since Day 1. As it stands now, 35,000 people lost their unemployment check AND their Obama Check for Stimulus Relief for the Unemployed. Those 35,000 people count as people who no longer get unemployment benefits, so the unemployment rate actually will go down since they are off the books!
[Florida AFL-CIO President] Mike Williams said, “According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, almost 35,000 workers are losing their only real source of income each week while Congress continues to stall the re-authorization of the extended benefits program. The fact that these workers and our economy will continue to suffer when Congress does act because of a single line in Florida Statutes is appalling. This program costs the state next to nothing and does not raise unemployment insurance rates for businesses. It does however, allow workers who have lost their jobs during this time of economic crisis to provide for their families and continue participating in Florida’s struggling economy.”