Dayton Approves Extended Unemployment Benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a law keeping Minnesota’s jobless eligible for 13 weeks of extended federal unemployment benefits.

The Democratic governor signed the bill into law on Wednesday, saying the extension is “vitally important.”

Dayton says the law will help 55,000 unemployed state residents get up to $160 million in benefits through the end of the year.

The legislation makes a technical adjustment in state law to keep unemployed Minnesotans eligible for up to 86 weeks of benefits. Without the change, they would have lost out on 13 of those weeks.

Minnesota’s unemployment trust fund is currently running a $600 million deficit but is projected to return to the black within two years.

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  1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    Just waiting for people to start crying about the “need” to stop all spending. Where did everyone go? No Dayton bashing yet?

    1. TF says:

      WE NEED TO STOP ALL THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING…

  2. Shelly says:

    Not surprised he signed it… Now, they can continue to sit on there couch and LEECH off the hard working individuals…. Now, I know some of them try, but a good MAJORITY enjoy the free money, while they don’t search and apply for jobs….

    1. Shelly is cool says:

      Shelly, Shelly, Shelly….I hope the company you work for does not outsource your job to India and you get laid off otherwise you may have a different outlook on this topic.

      1. Shelly says:

        I do feel for the true hard working, laid off workers…. My biggest complaint is those laid off workers that really don’t put there true 100 percent effort into finding a job. I guess I know some of them, and it has made my overall judgement of that situation so negative. We all need money to live, and I would not like to be laid off. I’m not saying I’m cool

  3. MARK from mntaxwaste.com says:

    iT’S OK HE WILL FILL IT BY MORE TAXES

    1. MNTom says:

      That is a crock, why give them more money to sit on the couch. Oh, they are part of the liberal mindset that seem to think they get everything handed to them because they are owed it. I sat on unemployed for 13 months with a wife and 2 kids and never collected unemloymnet. Personally i feel that when the initial benefits run out that is it. You get no more. Now they are fat and lazy sitting on the couch not looking for a job because that check goes right into their bank account.

  4. m.edgerley says:

    Your song might be different if YOU were unemployed.
    How dare you judge me?!
    You don’t have a clue about us – You don’t know what this has cost US!
    You couldn’t guess the pain a family feels when they lose everything they have worked for……

    1. Repeal Outsourcing says:

      I completely agree, a lot of us are in the same boat:(

      Let’s thank our past leaders for burying this country in so much debt and allowing companies to outsource every damn thing they possibly can. Let’s make it a better world by giving our jobs to other countries so that we can feel good about our democratic/capitalist values. Also, please thank the Executives who have no problem outsourcing entire department just so they can pay one more cent on their dividends.

    2. Get back to work says:

      I know people that get unemployment and have cash jobs it sickens me, There are jobs out there it might not be the type of work they want but its work.People just dont want to work and as long as people are willing to hand out money to the leeches they will take it!

  5. MNTom says:

    That is a crock, why give them more money to sit on the couch. Oh, they are part of the liberal mindset that seem to think they get everything handed to them because they are owed it. I sat on unemployed for 13 months with a wife and 2 kids and never collected unemloymnet. Personally i feel that when the initial benefits run out that is it. You get no more. Now they are fat and lazy sitting on the couch not looking for a job because that check goes right into their bank account

    1. TF says:

      Don’t forget Tom this is free money, the tax the rich fairy will just grab some more while he’s at it.

  6. Matt says:

    Repeal outsourcing? Really? That’s a horrible idea that wouldn’t create jobs, it would lower everyone’s standard of living.

    Why? Because outsourcing is cheaper, it allows for products that you purchase to be made at less cost which allows for those products to be sold for less money which in turn allows YOU to own more junk. So, go ahead and outlaw outsource or put a massive tariff on everything coming into the country and watch the the economy crumble up and die. It’s the equivalent to telling Henry Ford not to use an assembly line because it puts workers out of a job.

    Lets also not forgot that the USA still has a significantly larger manufacturing economy than anywhere else in the world contrary to many peoples beliefs.

    Sorry to rant, but as for this mistake by governor Dayton 86 weeks of unemployment is a joke and does far more harm to the economy than outsourcing could ever due. It’s proven that the longer and better unemployment benefits are, the more people that will stay unemployed.

    To those who were laid off, tough breaks, but if you can’t get back on the horse within 1.65 YEARS then the problem isn’t the economy.

  7. shawn says:

    Not much of a shocker coming from ol crazy eyes! Don’t see it as much of a solution. I felt guilty being on unemployment for 4 months. Pound the pavement and find that descent job or work multiple jobs. Hard work pays off!

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