CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press Writers
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bills are mounting for Justin Conrad, who lost his warehouse job three weeks ago and is anxiously awaiting his first state-provided unemployment check. Compounding his stress, his state, Connecticut, can't say when Conrad will get the additional $600 a week in benefits that the federal government is providing in an economic relief package.
"I have no money coming in," says the 39-year old in Norwich, Connecticut. "And this week I have to pay my utility bill," he added with a nervous laugh. "With nothing coming in and very little anyone can say, it's hard."
Connecticut's labor officials are scrambling to reprogram their computers to handle the additional unemployment payouts. Its decades-old syste