About 40 people gathered outside the Arizona Legislature to urge lawmakers to keep 20 weeks of federally funded extended unemployment benefits flowing to thousands of Arizonans.
Lawmakers took no action on Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to keep the benefits when they first considered it Friday. They are set to reconvene mid-afternoon Monday.
Top Republican legislative leaders say there wasn’t enough support for the proposal without also taking action on long-term measures such as business tax cuts and regulatory changes to spur the economy.
Protester Carla Mannes says she has been unemployed for about 68 weeks after losing her funeral industry job and that she is approaching the threshold for receiving the extended benefits.
She’s frustrated those who argue that extending benefits would encourage people not to look for jobs.