Protecting Extended Unemployment Benefits in Arizona: Changing comparison to three years from two

June 9, 2011

Facing historically high rates of unemployment, not adjusting the comparison for the last 20 weeks of extended benefits from “two” to “three” years will unnecessarily harm thousands of Arizonans for something that’s beyond their control, the lack of sufficient jobs for those seeking them.  In addition, the state will lose an infusion of $3.2 million in weekly benefits from the federal government that is expected to generate $167 million in economic returns and $6 million in new state and local tax revenue over the remainder of 2011.