Throwing roadblocks in the way of legal counsel:
What Folwell wanted to do instead was slow down the provision of the notices to attorneys and jack up the cost to them for that service, argued Jim White on behalf of the attorney challenging the new restrictions. The effect? According to former DES deputy chairman and chief counsel Thomas Whitaker, who testified yesterday, not releasing the notices would severely restrict unemployment claimants’ ability to retain counsel and have due process during any hearing, And put the lawyers trying to reach these claimants out of business, added White.
“In the end, if these law firms are out of business and people don’t have affordable counsel, we can reduce the amount of unemployment that’s paid in the state,” White said.
And the longer these unemployed workers go without assistance, the less likely they'll be able to afford any type of legal counsel. Which (of course) fits the Republican plan neatly.