My question for Gov. Tom Corbett, who championed a measure making many construction and seasonal workers ineligible for unemployment benefits: What is the difference between 2,000 hours in 52 weeks or 2,000 hours in 26 weeks?
For seasonal workers and the construction industry, it makes all the difference. The ability to collect unemployment benefits or not being able to collect hinges on your total year, but under a law signed by Gov. Corbett and which took effect in 2013, more than 49.5 percent of your income has to come in quarters other than your high quarter.
It is easy to cut unemployment when you make people who earn enough ineligible to collect benefits.