H.R. 3548, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009, will extend unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks. This is on top of the 26 weeks most states already have provided and the 53 weeks the federal government extended to the unemployed because of the recession.
But, unlike the previous actions, the money in this bill will only go to states with over 8% unemployment, Ohio included. That means that taxpayers from across the nation, including those of us here in Ohio, will be paying.
However, only people in 29 of the 50 states will get these funds. If you're in the other 21 states, you're out of luck - even if you, too, are unemployed.
Votes results show that Marcy Kaptur voted in favor of the bill, but that Bob Latta voted against it. Sadly, 104 so-called Republicans thought this was a good idea...
The other 28 states, besides Ohio, getting these monies: AL, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MS, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC, PA, OR, PR, RI, SC, TN, WA, WV, and WI.
So if you're in a state not listed, you're going to subsidize the bad decisions of governments elsewhere.
This is not just re-distribution of wealth; it's theft from the states that have made the hard decisions that resulted in them weathering this downturn better than others. What a nice 'reward' for being fiscally prudent - to have your citizens taxed so others can have the fruits of your labors.
What happens when ALL the states have unemployment above 8%? How will the wealth be redistributed then???