Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is proposing new eligibility requirements for some unemployment benefits recipients as she tries to entice Republican legislators to keep providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.
Many Republican legislators are reluctant to support a formula change supported by Brewer to keep 20 weeks of benefits after the initial 79 weeks.
Brewer is now proposing to impose two new requirements on recipients of the extended benefits.
Those would require recipients to document that they’re searching for jobs at least four days a week and to certify weekly that they know they must accept any job offer that pays at least minimum wage.
Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson says the proposals that Brewer unveiled in a newspaper commentary Wednesday are a response to concerns voiced by lawmakers.