WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert

February 23
 Alert Archive

The End of the Line

It’s the end of the line. If Congress doesn’t provide fiscal relief to states who are experiencing greater demands for services and reduced revenue, jobs will continue to be cut. At the same time, millions of people out of work are about to lose benefits and hundreds of thousands of related jobs could be lost. Tell Congress we want a full year extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA to be voted on now and get states and local governments the relief they need.

At the end of the month, people who’ve been looking for a job in this tough economy will be completely cut off from unemployment insurance. If that wasn’t enough, states will soon lose funding for Medicaid and other public services—if Congress doesn’t act now.

Already, 26 million Americans are unemployed or under-employed.  Cutting off unemployment benefits will cause more job loss and service reductions in our communities —up to 800,000 jobs nation-wide if benefits are not extended through the end of 2010.

That’s because every $1 of unemployment insurance benefits that is spent results in $1.69 in economic stimulus in the community.

State unemployment programs expire at the end of the month and funding to states will end this fall.  That means that 1 million job seekers around the country will lose their benefits in the month of March alone and the potential for new jobs states could provide with this additional revenue is lost as we’re still mired in a crisis.

We’re getting signals that Congress is hearing us so let’s keep it up!

Call Congress now to ensure that people can get back on their feet, and that millions more don’t end up in need because Congress didn’t provide states with necessary fiscal relief.


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