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(Boston Globe)   Did you work part time for a week while collecting unemployment in the 1980s? Massachusetts wants its $100 back   ( bostonglobe.com) divider line
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2014-08-17 08:00:47 PM  
This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.
 
2014-08-17 08:46:08 PM  
Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are
 
2014-08-17 09:07:53 PM  
Funny how governments always say the statute of limitations never applies to them, but turn it around and try to sue the government for something that's always their second line of defense (immunity being their first).
 
2014-08-17 09:10:26 PM  

FriarReb98: Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are


When I lost my job when the tech bubble burst, I couldn't even get a job in fast food.  They'd take one look at my work history and say, "nope".  They knew I'd be gone the moment I got a tech job offer.  I seriously considered creating a fake work history just to get a shiat job.  Fortunately, I got a proper job tech before I had to do that.
 
2014-08-17 09:11:12 PM  
Read that as Robocops.
 
2014-08-17 09:11:50 PM  
For the love of G-d, please make sure Governor LePage doesn't see this!
 
2014-08-17 09:14:43 PM  
blogs.psychcentral.com
 
2014-08-17 09:17:28 PM  
Unless the robocalls were in Spanish this plan won't work.
 
2014-08-17 09:18:27 PM  

SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.


The great Recession hurt every state. Damn, it went around the world. Having high taxes doesn't make you immune to a world wide economic collapse any more than having low taxes does.
 
2014-08-17 09:20:24 PM  

"I want my hundred dollars!"


archshrk.com

 
2014-08-17 09:24:13 PM  

SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.


Many constituents will appreciate the state is trying to collect what is owed back rather than raising taxes or cutting services.

Plus it looks like the funds go back into the unemployment fund so that is good.
 
2014-08-17 09:26:22 PM  

SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.


we have been running surplusses for awhile
 
2014-08-17 09:32:01 PM  

SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.


state gives benefits = socialism! moochers! welfare queens!
state audits benefits, identifies scofflaws and demands repayment = the state is on the verge of collapse! demoncrats have ruined everything! where is your god now LIBTARDO!
 
2014-08-17 09:35:49 PM  

FriarReb98: Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are


I guess you wouldn't have the problem of ever being told you were overqualified for a job.
 
2014-08-17 09:48:18 PM  
The state, which for years has mailed letters to some of those targeted, has made some 17,000 calls and collected more than $400,000 in overpayments since late July, officials said, and could recover at least $157 million through the program.

I was told there would be no math, but $157 million is probably optimistic since they've only recovered an average of $23.53 per call.

(Yes, I recognize they are probably putting people on payment plans).
 
2014-08-17 09:52:32 PM  
I hope they are using a third party collection service and paying 35-50% of what's collected.
 
2014-08-17 09:55:43 PM  
who the f*rk answers these 'calls'?
 
2014-08-17 09:56:16 PM  
This is not very Obamalike.
 
2014-08-17 09:57:29 PM  

OgreMagi: FriarReb98: Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are

When I lost my job when the tech bubble burst, I couldn't even get a job in fast food.  They'd take one look at my work history and say, "nope".  They knew I'd be gone the moment I got a tech job offer.  I seriously considered creating a fake work history just to get a shiat job.  Fortunately, I got a proper job tech before I had to do that.


I have a friend that did that to get a job at Walmart stocking shelves at night.
 
2014-08-17 09:57:47 PM  

tlchwi02: SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.

state gives benefits = socialism! moochers! welfare queens!
state audits benefits, identifies scofflaws and demands repayment = the state is on the verge of collapse! demoncrats have ruined everything! where is your god now LIBTARDO!


No one in this thread has said this.  Until your post it was pretty subdued.  Way to keep it real.
 
2014-08-17 10:00:26 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: Read that as Robocops.


You have twenty seconds to comply.
 
2014-08-17 10:02:33 PM  

Obama's Left Nut: SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.

Many constituents will appreciate the state is trying to collect what is owed back rather than raising taxes or cutting services.

Plus it looks like the funds go back into the unemployment fund so that is good.


do you really believe that digging this up coat less than $100?
 
2014-08-17 10:41:33 PM  

chitownmike: Obama's Left Nut: SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.

Many constituents will appreciate the state is trying to collect what is owed back rather than raising taxes or cutting services.

Plus it looks like the funds go back into the unemployment fund so that is good.

do you really believe that digging this up coat less than $100?


The only coats I've seen that cost less than $100 were pure rubbish.

/harrumph!
 
2014-08-17 10:58:13 PM  

LordOfThePings: The state, which for years has mailed letters to some of those targeted, has made some 17,000 calls and collected more than $400,000 in overpayments since late July, officials said, and could recover at least $157 million through the program.

I was told there would be no math, but $157 million is probably optimistic since they've only recovered an average of $23.53 per call.


That's only 6.67 million calls!

If I can do math tonight.
 
2014-08-17 11:42:58 PM  
Ha, can't catch me cause it was in the wrong decade... and wrong state... and wrong genre

dnrtfa
 
2014-08-17 11:52:09 PM  

skinink: "I want my hundred dollars!"
[archshrk.com image 800x449]


"I want my five dollars!"
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-18 12:38:31 AM  

somedude210: SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.

we have been running surplusses for awhile


Yeah, but we've got alot of projects coming up that need to get funded.  Were starting to lag behind other cities for attracting Tech Sector jobs.  We no longer have the stranglehold on Medical.  And it's not like taxes ever really went down.  We need to upgrade and expand public transportation.

Yes, were holding on, and were attracting some new companies, but were doing so in great part by reputation as well as the local colleges.

It can be a tough sell living here when I see friends move to the South and can buy 4x the home I own now for less than 1/4 of what I paid?  Sure, the culture sucks, the schools suck, the locals are borderline retarded inbreds, there's no real seasons and you catch hell for liking Scotch over Bourbon.....but have you SEEN the house?!?!?!
 
2014-08-18 12:54:04 AM  
So they go after people who lost their job and had to go on unemployment claiming these people were over paid. Funny how it is the ones who are back in the workforce after being on unemployment are the ones getting tagged for this "over payment" with the state going back several years to try and prove their claim. If someone suggest the state go after welfare fraud and EBT scams we are told that is too big of a task. Besides fraud in the welfare system is too small to deal with and would take up valuable resources. Yet the state has no issue spending money on shacking down the average Joe, making claims they can't back up but they know Joe can't properly dispute either.

So the moral of the story, if you are by choice honest and hard working, but fall on hard times expect to be kicked in the teeth at one point after you have regained some ground. If you are by choice a leech and burden to society expect to be rewarded and no harm will come to you.
 
2014-08-18 02:24:43 AM  
Who the hell even listens to a robocall long enough to realize it's not a salesman/con artist?
 
2014-08-18 02:38:34 AM  

FriarReb98: Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are


I was laid off from a job in 09 and had to go on unemployment.  I didn't look for a job in those places because whatever I made there would have been less than what I was getting in unemployment and would have disqualified me from receiving any unemployment.  Since the unemployment was already a small fraction of what I had been making and I was burning through my savings like a drunken sailor, I opted to stay on that till I could find something that was at least equal to my unemployment or better.  While I'm sure this isn't the case for everyone, I'm far from lazy and actually, couldn't stand being on unemployment.  One, I had way to much free time and no money to enjoy it, and two, it just hurt my pride knowing I wasn't actively earning the meager income I was receiving.  Now I work two jobs (70 hours a week) and thankfully, all that is behind me.  I guess what I'm saying is you shouldn't automatically assume laziness unless you've been there because when I was there I wasn't looking for jobs at Walmart or a gas station out of economic necessity, not laziness.
 
2014-08-18 02:41:33 AM  

mcreadyblue: OgreMagi: FriarReb98: Gotta pay benefits for all those people too lazy to go work at Walmart or a gas station somehow.

\seriously, that's how lazy some of these people are

When I lost my job when the tech bubble burst, I couldn't even get a job in fast food.  They'd take one look at my work history and say, "nope".  They knew I'd be gone the moment I got a tech job offer.  I seriously considered creating a fake work history just to get a shiat job.  Fortunately, I got a proper job tech before I had to do that.

I have a friend that did that to get a job at Walmart stocking shelves at night.


Take a job at Walmart
Let the manager abuse you and force you to work overtime off the clock
Sue
Profit!
 
2014-08-18 03:57:51 AM  
sounds like the average amount is 2500 dollars, for a total of about 15.8 million dollars.
 
2014-08-18 06:09:22 AM  

chitownmike: Obama's Left Nut: SlothB77: This is what states have to do when they run out of money and are desperate for funds.  Massachusetts already has extremely high taxes.  If raising taxes was the panacea, it should have worked here.  They shouldn't have to resort to squeezing pennies out of their couch cushions like this.  Constituents are going to notice this harassment.  And they aren't going to appreciate it.

Many constituents will appreciate the state is trying to collect what is owed back rather than raising taxes or cutting services.

Plus it looks like the funds go back into the unemployment fund so that is good.

do you really believe that digging this up coat less than $100?


You did read the part where the average is more like $2500 right?
 
2014-08-18 04:08:36 PM  
Keep your Mitts off, Romney.
 
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