Saturday, April 2, 2011

In Missouri, Extension of Unemployment Pay Is Blocked - NYTimes.com

In Missouri, Extension of Unemployment Pay Is Blocked - NYTimes.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Citing concerns about the national debt, a handful of conservative state legislators have blocked a vote to accept federal money to extend unemployment benefits, effectively cutting financial assistance for more than 10,000 out-of-work residents next week.

move, which came despite widespread bipartisan support for extending the benefits, puts Missouri at the center of a growing national discussion about reining in unemployment benefits at a time when both the job market and government coffers remain weakened

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