Keep It, Joe! Govs REFUSE Biden’s $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit

Keep your handout money, Joe! GOP governors of Arkansas, Montana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama REFUSE Biden's $300 per week unemployment benefit because 'it's time to stop paying workers to stay home'

  • Republican governors in five states are declining the $300 per week boosted unemployment benefits meant to help during the coroanvirus pandemic 
  • They claim the extra money is incentivizing their citizens to stay home  
  • Jobless residents in Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, South Carolina and Alabama residents will no longer receive the extra money  
  • Experts claim those who made $32,000 before the pandemic can now make the same – or more – with combined benefits from state and federal government 
  • ‘Our economy has come back, we have jobs aplenty,’ Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. ‘We cannot pay extra compensations for workers to stay home’

Five Republican governors are declining federal coronavirus aid from President Joe Biden by ending the $300 per week enhanced unemployment benefits in their states.

The moves from GOP Governors Kay Ivey in Alabama, Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas, Tate Reeves in Mississippi, Greg Gianforte in Montana and Henry McMaster in South Carolina over the last week comes after Republicans demanded Biden drop the boosted benefits. 

The enhanced federal payments were created last year to assist those put out of work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but governors are now worried their states’ economies won’t recover if people continue to be incentivized to not work.

‘It has become clear to me that we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled,’ Reeves tweeted Monday.

Hutchinson said Tuesday morning it’s time to stop paying workers to stay home.

‘The extra compensation was very helpful during the dark days of the pandemic when unemployment rates were so high,’ Hutchinson told CNN’s ‘New Day’. ‘But now our economy has come back, we have jobs aplenty, we have employers that are begging workers to come to their place of business.’

‘We cannot pay extra compensations for workers to stay home – we need them in the place of employment,’ he added, claiming: ‘If they need assistance in finding a job, we’ll provide that to them. If they did child care assistance we have more than ample resources to assist in that, as well.’

‘People of Arkansas want to work,’ Hutchinson said, ‘but we found that that enhanced benefits was simply an impediment.’

From The Daily Mail

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The move to reject the extra money comes as new expert analyses show those who made $32,000 before COVID-19 hit are now making more in benefits staying at home and collecting than if they were to go back to work.

The average U.S. salary for an individual in 2019 was $31,133. This means the average Americans could earn more money in coronavirus-era benefits instead of going back to work. 

Mississippi’s governor wrote in a statement declining the boost: ‘[I]t has become clear that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and other like programs passed by the Congress may have been necessary in May of last year but are no longer so in May of this year.’  

Hutchinson said Tuesday morning it’s time to stop paying workers to stay home.

‘The extra compensation was very helpful during the dark days of the pandemic when unemployment rates were so high,’ Hutchinson told CNN’s ‘New Day’. ‘But now our economy has come back, we have jobs aplenty, we have employers that are begging workers to come to their place of business.’

‘We cannot pay extra compensations for workers to stay home – we need them in the place of employment,’ he added, claiming: ‘If they need assistance in finding a job, we’ll provide that to them. If they did child care assistance we have more than ample resources to assist in that, as well.’

‘People of Arkansas want to work,’ Hutchinson said, ‘but we found that that enhanced benefits was simply an impediment.’

 

From The Daily Mail

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