Senior Economist David Littmann told the Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal that an extension of federal unemployment payments will not help the economy.

“It actually increases the duration of the unemployment,” Littmann said. “The incentives are turned upside down.”

As Michigan Capitol Confidential reported earlier this year, the Michigan House of Representatives — with near unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans — passed a resolution asking the federal government to extend unemployment benefits and Medicaid spending.

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