Pima Democrats challenge Cap’n Al to live on an unemployment check

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

If the legislature fails to fix the unemployment compensation statute by amending just one word, they should all be forced to live on nothing but an unemployment check (based upon their $24,000 yearly legislative salary) until they do fix it. The $240 mentioned below is the maximum benefit from Arizona. 

Press release from the Pima County Democratic Party:

Al Melvin Blames Victims of Great Recession, for Great Recession

The Pima County Democratic Party challenges state Sen. Al Melvin (R-Saddlebrooke) to live on $240 a week and back up his suggestion that unemployment insurance is the cause of the Great Recession because, apparently, the jobless are living large.

Melvin, who represents Tucson's Northwest Side, was quoted in the Arizona Republic opposing the extension of unemployment insurance to 99 weeks, which is available throughout the country, to nearly 20,000 Arizonans who still can't find a job in a state with jobless rate of 9.5 percent.

“The shorter the period (people get unemployment benefits), the faster people go back to work,” Melvin said.

There aren't jobs to go back to, in a state where the unemployment rate has barely budged in the last few months. Lawmakers like Melvin wasted the Legislative session on birther bills, stripping public school budgets, Tea Party license plates and fighting to put guns on college campuses.

Meanwhile, only Mississippi delivers a smaller unemployment benefit than Arizona's $240 weekly check and that money is taxed. That's less than $12,000 a year for teachers, cops and firefighters the Legislature has forced into unemployment — and for construction workers, engineers and veterans, looking for the rare job in Arizona's listless economy. The move, which wouldn’t cost the legislature a dime will cost the Arizona economy $68 million this year, something Arizonans can't afford.

“What Al Melvin is saying is that people live pretty comfortably on unemployment and would rather do nothing so they can make $12,000 a year,” said Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jeff Rogers. “We challenge Cap’n Al to pay his mortgage, buy groceries and gasoline, plus keep his lights on up in Saddlebrooke on $240 a week. Have him turn in his debit card and credit cards for three months in exchange for an unemployment insurance card and have a go.”

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0 responses to “Pima Democrats challenge Cap’n Al to live on an unemployment check

  1. Unemployment insurance should be a voter initiative. We pay for it and when we need it these morons treat it as free money. When will the people stand up to this crap. Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and unemployment insurance – it’s our money we paid into these insurance programs and now the state and feds have the balls to tell us we are freeloading.
    What is it going to take.

  2. I would love to see Melvin try it. He won’t of course. He won’t even talk to us poors in the Flowing Wells area or much less acknowledge we exist. I would love for him to attempt to live the life of many in his district. Two part time jobs, working seven days a week, and no benefits including health care. All of that wonderful life to avoid making even less on unemployment. Just another day without those jobs that he and Vic Williams promised. Thanks guys.