State asks hordes of newly jobless to go by numbers

  • Article by: DEE DePASS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2011 - 10:08 PM

The roughly 24,000 state workers cut off from their jobs after Friday's government shutdown are being asked to apply for unemployment benefits on a staggered basis, state official said.

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jarboyJul. 1, 1111:38 PM

So, I can,t get any services from the State of Minnesota, but these people get all the help they need, and get a very nice paid vacation. looks like Dayton knows how to take care of his voting block at my expense.

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ironguruJul. 2, 11 7:39 AM

"paid vacation"......Not hardly. I don't think many of the displaced workers would consider this a vacation. Pretty hard to feed a family, make a house payments, car payments and provide for your kids while collecting unemployment. Perhaps we could hear from some of those folks who have lost their jobs due to the shutdown.

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padraigmnJul. 2, 11 9:46 AM

jarboy - if you get laid off by your employer, you will be able to apply for unemployment in exactly the same manner that laid off state workers can apply for unemployment. If you need to use some of the workforce centers mentioned, you won't be able to - but neither will the unemployed state workers. Nobody is getting any preferential treatment - the unemployed state workers have to follow all the same rules as anybody else. And this is not a "paid vacation", it is a lay off. A 'paid vacation" would many collecting a full salary by using allowed vacation pay - the laid off state employees are not being allowed to do that. Stop blaming state employees - they didn't cause this shutdown, they don't like this shutdown and they are being negatively affected by it.

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yipyipJul. 3, 11 6:13 PM

I've lost my job to the shutdown. So, jarboy... do you have a few moments to go over my personal budget with me and describe just exactly how this equates to a paid vacation? My bills and living expenses (read: expenses needed to stay alive)equal about 82.3% of my regular earned income. UI will afford me... 60%. I have been living paycheck to paycheck. I will now be living hand to mouth... with the hand being someone else's who can actually afford food. As a matter of fact, I'd be entirely willing to listen silently to your position if you'd be able to perhaps buy me a sandwich. No? Oh, well. Maybe I'll ask Amy Koch or Mr. Zellers if they have any leftover potato salad from their 4th of July vacation to help offset the damage. So, not much food and lots of walking about in the sun since I won't be able to afford gas, insurance or a car payment will leave me tan and thin. But an unwelcome tan and thin. The kind you find in third-world countries, not lake home vacation spots. Yeah. Paid vacation. I dare you to say that to someone to their face.

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rvd420Jul. 3, 11 6:51 PM

The max that UI pays out in MN is $377 a week. And taxes have to be paid out of that money. Someone making $13.00 a hour working a 40 hour week makes $520. Collecting UI when you want to work does not sound like a paid vacation to me.

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