Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Georgia Department of Labor expects to reduce the Extended Unemployment Benefits by 10.7 percent, effective March 31.
Tuesday, March 5
Thousands of jobless workers in Georgia receiving federal Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) can expect a cut in those benefits effective from March 31, according to a Monday statement from the Georgia Department of Labor. Sequestration is the reason for the cuts, according to the release. EUC is a federally funded benefit for long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits. Here in Gwinnett County, 33,289 people are unemployment. That's 7.6 percent of the labor market, according to state data. -- Will sequestration affect you in Lilburn? If so, email Joy.Woodson@patch.com to tell yout story, or let us know in the comment section below. -- According to the release, the United States …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The looming federal cuts are set to take effect March 1.
The impending loss of millions of dollars due to federal budget cuts was on the minds of Gwinnett County school board members during their monthly business meeting Thursday. In a statement earlier this week, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, said the cuts would cost the district approximately $3.4 million, including Title I monies and allocations for special education. It is uncertain when exactly the cuts will be felt by the public. But, the first nationwide impact could be felt Monday as furlough notices are sent out, according to ABC News. On Feb. 28, board members also weighed in about the sequestration, and other budget cuts. "We're fine. We'll weather this just like we weathered everything else," said Dr. Robert McClure, of …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Georgia Fair Share presented U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall with a banner signed by Gwinnett citizens concerned about cutbacks should Congress not be able to reach an agreement. Watch the video of the group presenting the 35-foot petition to Woodall's office.
With the clock ticking in Washington, D.C., protestors held a rally asking Congress to reach a deal before drastic cuts-- referred to "sequestering--" go into effect on March 1st. The group Georgia Fair Share gathered outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday morning holding up a 35-foot banner. The banner was made up of dozens of pages of signatures from concerned Gwinnett citizens. They then rolled up the banner, walked to Congressman Rob Woodall's office and delivered the petition to his office. Georgia Fair Share is asking Woodall and Congress to prevent the sequester by closing corporate tax loopholes and ending outdated subsidies. "Congress has an opportunity to stop budget cuts that will …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The White House has released a state-by-state breakdown of what the budget cuts could mean. In Gwinnett County, school district officials say its means losing critical dollars for Title I programs.
Gwinnett County Public Schools officials have released a statement regarding the impending across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration. In the statement, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, said the cuts would cost the state's largest school district approximately $3.4 million, Title I monies, and allocations for special education. (Read the full statement below.) Earlier this month, board members Carole Boyce and Mary Kay Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C., to fight the budget cuts. And, now the White House has released a breakdown showing that teacher jobs and funding to education children with disabilities will be hampered. The cuts are slated to take effect Friday, March 1. In Georgia, according to the White House…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Education, job-search assistance and child vaccinations are among areas in Georgia that would be affected, the White House says.
Just when you got over the "fiscal cliff" -- get ready for the "sequester." According to USA TODAY, the White House began warnings about the sequestration -- automatic budget cuts -- by issuing reports Sunday (February 24) on how the coming $85 billion in reductions will affect each of the 50 states. With the cuts set to begin Friday, President Obama is expected to cite the state reports as part of his effort to pressure congressional Republicans over the sequestration. In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "surely" Obama can find a way to cut 2 to 3 percent from a $3.5 trillion budget. "Rather than issuing last-minute press releases on cuts to first responders or troop training or airport security, he should …