|Published:||Jul 09, 2010 10:46 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 09, 2010 6:23 PM EDT|
" I have one and a half paychecks left and I am completely up," said Jason Funnell.
He's following the Senates every move. He says he's under the gun, and behind on bills. His unemployment checks are all the former finance manager is relying on.
He's been out of work for more than a year. Soon he's out of a home.
"I have a paycheck and a half left to being homeless, being broke," said Funnell.
He's not alone. There are 38,000 people in Lee County looking for work. Close to 150,000 Floridians are out of benefits.
The Senate failed to pass a plan to extend benefits last week. Now lawmakers are talking about using unspent stimulus funds to pay for unemployment.
"I think the emphasis should be on the unemployment benefits if there is that money available. It's very important, very important to our recovery right now," said Barbara Hartman.
Hartman helps many people look for a job through the Career and Service Centers of Southwest Florida.
Critics say the new plan would take money away from roads and bridges, leaving more people jobless. But people like Funnel don't care where the money comes from, they just need it soon.
"I really don't know what I'm going to do. At this point Il have to go to food banks and churches," said Funnell.
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