06 August 2009

Manchin to Convene Special Session for Jobless Benefits

Gov. Joe Manchin expects to call the Legislature into the third special session of 2009, this time to extend the duration of unemployment compensation benefits, The Associated Press and others report.

The legislative change sought by the governor would qualify West Virginia for the necessary funding, provided through the federal stimulus package enacted earlier this year.

As AP reports, "the National Employment Law Project estimates than nearly 4,000 jobless West Virginias will otherwise exhaust their benefits by October. That figure is projected to rise above 6,100 by year's end."

The governor plans to have the session start Tuesday, while lawmakers are already in town for the month's series of interim study meetings.

The New York Times recently highlighted the projected exhaustion of unemployment benefits, as did the Charleston Daily Mail.

Others with coverage of the special session include The Charleston Gazette and MetroNews.

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