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How much do unemployment benefits cost you? Less than $1.00 per day

This is now a recent conversation on Twitter ended:@helpthe99ers Not my problem I am tried of paying everyone's way. I never collected unemployment when I could have. Good Bye— kathie(@railgirl1952) November 17, 2012And that got me wondering: how much does unemployment insurance cost the average taxpayer?In general, the answer is zero: UI benefits are funded on a state by state level, through taxes paid by employers, not by individuals. But as a result of the Great Recession, the Federal goverment has had to fund the state programs. At the end of 2011, CNN reported that taxpayers spent $184.7 billion for the years 2008-2011.Next question? How many taxpayers have there been over the same four years? Based on the 2012 Statistical Abstract from the Census Bureau, there were a total of 554 million Federal tax returns filed for the tax years 2007-2010, which are the latest numbers available. It's not an exact year-for-year match, but it'll be close enough for this estimate.So: …

NELP: Don't Push Jobless Americans Off The Cliff

NELP's latest report warns that 3 million jobless Americans will lose unemployment insurance in early 2013 if Congress fails to renew federal benefits: 2 million at the end of December, and another 1 million by the end of March."Congress has many important and pressing issues facing it during the lame-duck session. But Members must remember that protecting the unemployed is a non-negotiable responsibility, and to that end, they must ensure the renewal of the EUC program, and authorize a modest but effective investment in reemployment services for unemployed workers. Together, these actions will go a long way to aid the unemployed in returning to work and ensure a strong and broad-based economic recovery."

Two Million Workers to Lose Unemployment Insurance in December Without Action

From the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats:"Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and Human Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) today released a report (PDF) prepared by the committee's Democratic staff detailing the importance of continuing federal unemployment insurance."The report's conclusion?"While federally-funded extended unemployment benefits have been significantly reduced over the last year, these benefits remain a critical support for Americans struggling to find work in a difficult economy. If Congress fails to act quickly, over two million workers will immediately lose this vital assistance a few days after Christmas. This would deal a devastating blow to already hard-hit families still looking for work as well as undercut the nation's economic recovery. Congress must act promptly to continue this economic lifeline."


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Occupy Sandy: Mutual Aid, Not Charity

"Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy."We Got This (Occupy Sandy) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: A Progressive Deficit Reduction Plan

Four More Years


Dear Speaker Boehner...

Dear @speakerboehner - America has spoken. Put the American Jobs Act on the calendar. Pass the bill. You know, #4jobs? #p2#tcot— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) November 7, 2012

Quote of the Day, Election 2012 Edition

"In a democracy, winners can govern only with the consent of the losers. Without that consent, there is gridlock at best and chaos and violence at worst."Paul Glastris, writing in The Washington Monthly, quoting author Scott Farris.We've lived through four years of "gridlock at best," because ofGOP obstructionism. Let's pray that tonight's results can chart a new course, and a new comity, for our nation.

FYI: FEMA Housing Portal

FEMA Housing Portal is intended to helpfamilies, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live— Craig Fugate (@CraigatFEMA) November 5, 2012

Governor Cuomo Announces Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Copied from Governor Cuomo's press office websiteGovernor Cuomo Announces Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane SandyNew Yorkers Who Work and Live in Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties Can ApplyDepartment of Labor Staff to Deploy to Disaster Areas to Register Impacted New YorkersAlbany, NY (November 2, 2012)Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. The Un…

NELP: Disaster Unemployment Assistance: How Workers Can Access the Program After Hurricane Sandy

From the National Employment Law Project: A fact sheet on federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance available in designated counties in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Romney Style: How to Destroy Your Campaign's Credibility in Five Easy Steps

And if you haven't been following Steve Benen, who has been chronicling Mitt's mendacities, you owe it to yourself to take a look.When the history of the 2012 elections is written, what is it going to say about a man who started his campaign with a lie, ended with one, and filled up pretty much every day in between with more of them?

Anatomy of a Smear; or, Dear Nan Hayworth: Aren't you Embarrassed to Approve This Message?

Disclaimer: the author has contributed to the Sean Patrick Maloney Congressional campaign.In NY's 18 Congressional District, incumbent Nan Hayworth recently started running an ad against her Democratic opponent, Sean Patrick Maloney, attempting to tie him to Enron, the bankrupted energy company.The connection is thin (two companies cross-marketing their products), but the Hayworth campaign and their supporters can't let facts get in the way of a good story.Here's what you need to know:After serving as White House Staff Secretary in the Clinton Administration from 1999-2000, Maloney joined a financial software company called Kiodex. Here's the Kiodex press release (PDF, accessed via Google Docs) announcing the move:(NEW YORK; June 27, 2000) – Kiodex Inc., an online provider of technology-based risk-management solutions for the commodities markets, has named Sean Maloney as vice president and general counsel. Mr. Maloney will be developing and managing the company’s lega…