Bloomberg: Democrats want veto of Michigan unemployment bill

March 24, 2011- U.S. Rep. Sander Levin and Democratic leaders of the Michigan Legislature want Gov. Rick Snyder to reject legislation that would reduce the length of state-level unemployment benefits for new filers starting in 2012.

Unemployment benefits would be reduced from 26 weeks to 20 weeks.

The Democrats called on the Republican governor to veto the bill Thursday. But a Snyder spokeswoman says the governor is expected to sign the bill that was passed this week by the Republican-led Legislature.

The bill also would allow up to 150,000 Michigan residents to continue receiving extended federal unemployment benefits that they otherwise would lose by the end of this year.

Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says Snyder's priority is to make sure no one receiving unemployment benefits is cut off abruptly.

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