Granholm sent a letter Thursday to the House and Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders calling for action.
The governor says she wants “swift passage” of legislation that would renew jobless benefits averaging $310 per week nationwide that are being claimed by almost 5 million people who have been out of work for more than six months.
The letter goes on to say: “As you know, existing federal unemployment benefits are set to expire on November 30th. If this happens, 181,500 Michigan residents will exhaust their unemployment benefits over the next five months.
In Michigan, we are emerging from these difficult economic times, but we still have many families who continue to weather this storm. In fact, 336,000 Michigan residents currently receive state of federal unemployment benefits in Michigan. Now is not the time to pull the rug out from those who need assistance to provide for their families.”
Jobless benefits were extended this summer, but that measure expires Dec. 1. A bill to extend them for three more months failed to pass the House on Thursday.
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