Philadelphia Unemployment Project
The Philadelphia Unemployment Project says the region will lose tens of thousands of additional jobs due to the expiration of federal unemployment benefits for those already jobless.
Democrats in the United States House Committee on Ways and Means released a report on the impact of letting the federal unemployment benefit program expire. According to that report, New Jersey will be the hardest hit per capita of any state.
“It’s the ol’ bang for the buck. You spend a buck on unemployment, by some estimates you get more than $1.70 back,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa., right) said.
US Sen. Bob Casey says the lot of 700,000 Pennsylvania workers would be improved by an increase in the minimum wage.
December 28th is the date that the federal unemployment compensation program, started during the peak of the recession, is set to expire.
Bankers and affordable-housing advocates are happy that homeowners will not have to put down 20 percent in order to get a qualified mortgage.
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
John and Evelyn Dodds run the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and three months ago took on a new role: temporary guardians to a newborn baby girl.
About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
“The recession started over five years ago, and we still are not anywhere near recovered,” says John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Benefits to the long-term unemployed will be cut by 9.4 percent, beginning next week.
You can call them “Fiscal Cliff II” or “sequestration” or anything else ominous, but to the groups who serve the unemployed and those on medical assistance, they’re just plain bad news.
Call it the case of the disappearing speech: Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams suddenly withdrew his prepared testimony to City Council this past week in the face of opposition from activists to a proposed $500 fee increase.
Members from local chapter of MoveOn.org rallied outside of the Obama for America office at 15th and Market Streets to send a message to the President about the housing crisis.
Millions of Americans will continue to receive long-term unemployment benefits under legislation approved Friday in Congress, but the scope of the program is being scaled back to cover fewer people by the end of the year.