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Extended Unemployment Benefits On The Line

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The U.S. Department of Labor has some bad news for 35,000 jobless people in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob Sanford said it involves recipients who are receiving extended benefits.

The federal government said that Michigan does not meet all the criteria for the extended benefit program.

Cutting the program would leave about 35,000 people without benefits, as of April 2, and could eventually affect another 150,000 people receiving extended benefits.

In order to be in compliance, officials in Lansing will have to pass enabling legislation.

Governor Rick Snyder, along with a statewide business-labor coalition, is in support of the needed legislation. If the enabling legislation is passed, it would extend the payments through the end of 2011.

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