Wed December 16, 2009
Beshear Urges Unemployment Extension
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the state's congressional delegation to vote to approve another extension of some unemployment benefits. Beshear sent a letter Tuesday to Kentucky's senators and representatives urging them to back any measure that will provide a temporary extension. He says Kentucky is facing 11.2% unemployment, and Kentuckians are struggling to put food on the table as their benefits are exhausted. Last month, Congress approved an extension of unemployment benefits that would result in Kentuckians receiving 20 more weeks of benefits. But the legislation expires December 31st. The House of Representatives is considering a fix that would be included in the Department of Defense Appropriations bill.