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Kansas receives $69 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment benefits

June 18, 2009


— Kansas officials were notified Thursday that the state will receive $69 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment benefits.

“It was less than one month ago that I was joined by aviation and business leaders in Wichita, signing the legislation that qualified Kansas for these funds, and already, we’re seeing how swift action can achieve swift results,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson. “These resources will help out-of-work Kansans put food on the table while they learn new skills for a new job, and that is a critical step in turning our economy around,” he said.

Kansas became eligible for the funds under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act after the 2009 legislative session when lawmakers approved changes in the state’s unemployment system.

Those changes included an alternate wage base period to determine an individual’s eligibility for unemployment benefits; codifying a long-time practice of allowing benefits to those seeking part-time work; and providing up to 26 additional weeks of benefits for individuals participating in approved training programs.


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully this will help out a lot of people.

Jake Esau 8 years, 11 months ago

While I feel sorry for those that have lost their jobs and legitimately need this money, I thought the stimulus package was to help encourage job creation... Wouldn't it be a better use of the money to create jobs for the people?

Godot 8 years, 11 months ago

And who will pay for this? Look in the eyes of that sweet baby grandchild and tell him that he will be in servitude for his entire life to pay off the debt that the all powerful Obama placed on his back to alleviate your discomfort.

Godot 8 years, 11 months ago

Math is math. There is no solution other than default or debt slavery for future generations.

feeble 8 years, 11 months ago

Before the September 11, 2001 attacks, the George W. Bush administration projected in the 2002 U.S. budget that there would be a $1.288 trillion surplus from 2001 through 2004. [1]

In the 2005 Mid-Session Review, however, this had changed to a projected deficit of $850 billion, a swing of $2.138 trillion.[2]

The latter document states that 49 percent of this swing was due to "economic and technical re-estimates", 29 percent was due to "tax relief", (mainly the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts), and the remaining 22 percent was due to "war, homeland, and other enacted legislation" (mainly expenditures for the War on Terror, Iraq War, and homeland security).

We were broke long before November '08. Remind me again, what Bush and the conservative majority did between 2001 and 2006 to reduce the deficit?

[1]"Fiscal Year 2000: Budget of the United States Government." Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. Government Printing Office 2003. 2002 U.S. Budget

[2]"Fiscal Year 2005 Mid-Session Review: Budget of the United States Government." Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. 2005.

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