October 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Unemployment benefits for those affected by shutdown
It’s unreasonable to request workers to pay back money after shutdown
The issues surrounding unemployment benefits received by government workers during the shutdown are important and have a direct impact on many residents of the state of Washington [“State asking federal workers to return unemployment benefits,” NWWednesday, Oct. 23].
The shutdown affected government workers in all states and left them with little resources to continue to support their families.
This is why numerous workers turned to the program when the government put their jobs on hold. It did not matter that they were going to receive back pay for time spent out of work. They needed money to support their families and to continue paying for mortgages, electricity, etc.
Now the government is back up and workers have returned to work. However, the government wants the workers who received unemployment benefits to pay back the benefits that they received during that time.
It seems unreasonable to request workers you forced out of work to pay back money they needed to support themselves. Especially if they were only on unemployment benefits because the government could not make compromises on an issue that was already scheduled to go into effect. There has to be another solution.
Angela Barajas, Camas
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