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Gov. signs law slashing unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law that will reduce the number of weeks people would be able to collect unemployment benefits.

Beginning July 1, unemployment benefits will be reduced from 26 weeks to a sliding scale of between 14 and 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate. Supporters said the change was necessary because Georgia must pay back more than $760 million borrowed in recent years to cover unemployment benefits after the state's unemployment insurance trust fund was depleted during the recession.

At issue was how to pay that debt and replenish the unemployment insurance trust fund. Opponents blasted the plan, which slashes the number of weeks of benefits nearly in half, as harmful to the unemployed. The state's unemployment rate remains above the national average.

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jmym 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again, the government is trying to take the last bit of pride and hope that we have left. first our homes, jobs, now our little bit of unemployeement. what else is left for them to take our freedom. it seems nothing is never going to be enough for them. we must build ourselves up not tear us down. otherwise we will never recover as a nation. and why is this all coming at an election year. I think out with the whole lot of them and put real folks in. take away their penison and any governments benefits they get and let them live as small as wel do. we as a people should do something together, for together we stand apart we fall.

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sst 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like you take pride in getting unemployment. I find that unimaginable. Pride is pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. Long term unemployment keeps you obligated to those who provided you with the handout. You keep them in office because they keep you on the government dole roll. When you cut purse strings, that's where true freedom is. The freedom to find the motivation to find work, work hard and earn your own money and then you're beholden to no one but yourself.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Try an Occupy Movement. That's worked out so very well hasn't it?

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Deez09 1 year, 11 months ago

How long do you expect to get paid for doing nothing??

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jjbod1 1 year, 11 months ago

You just took the words right out of my mouth. I just got back from the new Dacula Kroger, was completely disgusted by two family's I saw raping the system using there WIC cards. Saw both of them afterwards in the parking lot, one driving a hopped up Escalaid, the other a brand new BMW, i am getting really sick of this crap!

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