I am a 51 yr old female, was laid off 6 mo ago, have been diligently seeking work and just ended state benefits, which I qualified for because I worked for years and paid taxes and was laid off through no fault of my own. These benefits are not free - they are taxed! I am struggling to figure out how to move forward without EUC or options to pursue finaid to go to school and earn new job skills. Why am I being villified? I want to work!! PLEASE, even if for a reduced time period, please extend EUC benefits and give the unemployed options to return to school.