Scott Brown Votes NO to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown joined the Republican filibuster and effectively stopped the bill to extend insurance for long-term unemployed workers until Nov. 30. But that’s not all folks…

The bill also would have supplied a $16 billion boost in Medicaid funding for states, which would mean about $500 million for Massachusetts, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That figure is lower than an earlier proposal, which would have supplied a $24 billion boost, or $760 million for Massachusetts. It also includes a variety of tax changes, and money for summer jobs programs.

This is money that could have gone directly into our local economy. The amount of pain this Republican No vote is going to cause our citizens is incalculable.

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