Unemployment extension hurts jobless and taxpayers

December 8, 2011 9:27AM

The Tennessean and WBIR-TV in Knoxville cover the ongoing debate to renew unemployment benefits before the end of the year. Beacon’s CEO Justin Owen cautions against the move:

“The more you extend unemployment benefits to someone who’s jobless, the less likely it is that they’ll take the necessary measures to go out and find a job,” said Justin Owen, CEO of the free-market think tank the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He supports the Republican plan of tying benefits to a work program. “We’re not trying to attack those who have lost their jobs,” he said. “It’s the extension of it that’s become problematic. When you go from 26 weeks to 99 weeks, that’s a substantial expansion of this. And it’s not only an expansion that hurts the people it’s trying to help, it also hurts the taxpayers.”

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