Do we really want to kick people when they’re down?
More than 22,000 Georgians receiving extended unemployment checks may lose them in May and June because Georgia legislators have not tweaked state law to match federal eligibility guidelines, AJC reporter Christopher Quinn writes.
Tens of thousands more residents could lose the benefits by the end of the year, and time is running out in the General Assembly, which has only four working days left, Quinn reports.
“If we don’t take advantage of the extended benefits, which is 100 percent federal money, then those who are still unemployed will be dropped off and go down to zero income,” said Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, who has been unable to get the issue attached to another piece of legislation.
“Those families will go down from a small unemployment check to no money at all.”
And the local economy will no longer have the estimated $175 million in unemployment money flowing through them, Quinn reports.
The federal government sent a letter to the state Department of Labor in December warning Georgia time was running out, Quinn writes. The extended benefits, which average about $244 a week in the state, kick in for 20 weeks after a recipient has used up 79 weeks of unemployment.
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