States Await Obama Jobs Plan

  • December 08, 2009

State officials are eagerly awaiting a federal job-creating initiative to be outlined by President Obama today (Dec. 8). They hope it will include extended unemployment benefits, infrastructure money and other aid for their battered states.

Advocates have been dialing up the pressure ahead of the president's speech at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

State labor officials pushed Congress on Monday (Dec. 7) to extend jobless benefits for unemployed residents, The New York Times reported. Extended benefits included in the federal stimulus program expire this month, and without congressional action, “an estimated one million workers will see benefits end in January.” State officials also are pushing Congress to renew health insurance subsidies for the long-term unemployed.

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