Trump won't extend unemployment because it 'paid people to stay home'.

  

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Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  74 comments

By:   Connor Perrett (Business Insider)

Trump won't extend unemployment because it 'paid people to stay home'.
The $600 weekly boost to federal unemployment benefits created in March is set to expire without renewal or replacement on July 31.

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the White House didn't want to extend the $600 weekly unemployment boost because it "paid people to stay home." ABC News/This Week

  • White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday the president was not interested in extending the $600 weekly boost to federal unemployment benefits as they're set to expire on July 31.
  • Meadows said the $600 per month increase to unemployment "actually paid people to stay home" and "people got more money staying at home than they would going back to work."
  • The $600 weekly boost was passed in March as part of the CARES Act in order to supplement the gap between a worker's lost wage and state unemployment benefits, which cover just a portion of a person's previous earnings.
  • Meadows said the Trump administration planned to support an effort to expand unemployment insurance that would provide up to 70% of an individual's lost wages — though state officials have previously warned such a plan would take weeks to implement.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the Trump administration was not interested in extending current federal unemployment benefits instituted earlier during the pandemic because it "paid people to stay home."

"The original unemployment benefits actually paid people to stay home, and actually a lot of people got more money staying at home than they would go back to work," Meadows said during an appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "The president has been very clear, our Republican senators have been very clear, we aren't going to extend that provision."

As Business Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported, approximately 32 million Americans on unemployment could see a reduction in benefits up to 75% by the end of the month if Congress does not renew or replace its $600 weekly boost to unemployment payments. Lawmakers had instituted the boost as part of the CARES Act in March to keep Americans afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic as benefits from states often cover just 30% to 50% of a worker's lost wages.

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would like to negotiate a new stimulus package with Democrats "in the next few weeks," though The Washington Post reported also Friday that infighting within the GOP had posed a roadblock for new coronavirus economic relief legislation.

Meadows said the White House was prepared to offer a proposal on Monday to help "get people back on their feet."

"We are going to be prepared on Monday to provide unemployment insurance extension that would be 70% of whatever the wages you were prior to being unemployed," Meadows said. Under the Trump administration's system proposed last week, the average weekly federal benefits for unemployed Americans would be reduced to about $200.

The Economic Policy Institute has estimated that 3.4 million fewer jobs will be created over the next year if unemployment benefits are reduced by $400.

As Business Insider previously reported, officials have warned that the transition to the president's proposed reduced benefits could take some states months to implement, though Meadows pushed back on that Sunday, telling Stephanopoulos that the administration planned to work with state agencies to ensure that "antiquated computer" systems did not cause delays in benefits.

The discussion comes amid the continued increase in cases of the coronavirus in the US. According to data analyzed by Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 4,193,103 cases of the coronavirus in the US that have resulted in more than 146,000 deaths.


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Those in the know gotta go with Joe...for the win!

 
 
 
MAGA
1.1  MAGA  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

People will still get the unemployment benefits they are eligible for via their state and federal extensions.  It’s only the temporary federal $600 a week extra that is in question.  It’s not sustainable.  Period.  Trump and Republicans have been flexible about a smaller number so that workers aren’t paid more to not work than to return when their job comes back or they are offered a new one.  Democrats have been fixated on that 600 number so the only way to get them to compromise is to let it expire so their negotiating number is 0.  Democrats as soon as this expires as it does have that sunset soon, can choose a GOP number or 0 or come up with a proposal of their own that can pass the senate and be signed.  

 
 
 
JBB
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  MAGA @1.1    2 weeks ago

You voted that up? It is the working class Trump voters waylaid by Covid-19 and the crashing economy that will suffer most. Their pain will just be cresting come November. Democrats are lining up to make sure that doesn't happen...

Butt, Trump, McConnell and Manchin say, "NO!"

GO FIGURE...

 
 
 
cjcold
1.1.2  cjcold  replied to  MAGA @1.1    2 weeks ago

Whoever you are for, I will always be against. Ever since the 15 minutes of Palin CFP.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.3  devangelical  replied to  MAGA @1.1    2 weeks ago

it wouldn't even be an issue if the incompetent moron occupying the white house wasn't 7 months behind the curve in effectively dealing with the pandemic in the first place. the longer senate republicans drag their feet on approving the federal extension, the better november looks for democrats. that extension money goes directly into the economy. 

 
 
 
loki12
1.1.4  loki12  replied to  devangelical @1.1.3    2 weeks ago
it wouldn't even be an issue if the incompetent moron occupying the white house wasn't 7 months behind the curve in effectively dealing with the pandemic in the first place.

Please describe in detail which steps he should have taken and when.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.5  devangelical  replied to  loki12 @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

seriously? he just barely endorsed masks over a week ago... he's almost directly responsible for the recent major outbreaks in FL, AZ, and TX, not that I care that much about those that followed his lead, but I feel for the innocent victims.

 
 
 
loki12
1.1.6  loki12  replied to  devangelical @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

So you would follow trumps direction? Didn’t Fauci say masks don’t work before he changed his mind?

seriously if you can’t answer and just want to whine about trump that’s fine. Just say so.

 
 
 
MAGA
1.1.7  MAGA  replied to  cjcold @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

They are going to continue the program to keep funding employers who hold on to their employees, they are going to do another $1200 stimulus like the last one, they are going to add funding for testing and to states and local governments for education that re open their schools.  There will be some extra federal $ per week for the unemployed.  Most Americans will find that reasonable.  

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.8  devangelical  replied to  MAGA @1.1.7    2 weeks ago
Most Americans will find that reasonable.

... only americans that believe in an imperial presidency.

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.9  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1.8    2 weeks ago
imperial presidency.

A figment of leftists' imagination.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.10  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.9    one week ago

the fascist nirvana...

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1.10    one week ago

you keep dreaming!

 
 
 
dennis smith
1.1.12  dennis smith  replied to  MAGA @1.1    one week ago

Dem supporters are happy to see people get more money for not working then by working. It is that basic.

 
 
 
JBB
2  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Remember that billionaires begrudged you $600...

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

what's the matter?  didja run out of other people's money?

just for fun,

show me an article you posted thanking trump for those extra benefits when he first did it.

if everything trump has done has been wrong? certainly, those unemployment benefits were wrong also.

why are you not happy he fixed his mistake?

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.1    2 weeks ago

There are tons of articles in the financial news praising Trump and Mnuchin for saving Wall Street and the bond and real estate markets!

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/30/821360397/the-u-s-was-already-deep-in-debt-this-years-deficit-will-be-mind-boggling

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.1.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
There are tons of articles in the financial news praising Trump

which one did you post here?

or which one did anyone from the left post here?

short answer?  none.

according to the left here? everything trump has done has been wrong -period.

now your mad he is no longer providing that support while bitching about a rising deficit at the same time below.

 

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

I admit Trump profits off American suffering! And, that he is an abysmal leader for such difficult times. He came in with a half trillion dollar deficit and is leaving his successor a giant mess and over ten times the budget deficit. No way long run that is good for anyone except billionaires, like Trump and Putin.

The topic though is unemployment benefits!

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.1    2 weeks ago

tRump expects everyone to be grateful for the crises he creates and then allegedly 'fixes'.  

It's his fault that everything is now SNAFU AND FUBAR

 
 
 
MAGA
2.1.5  MAGA  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

That’s what Obama did.  Trump gave much more to small business and individuals than Obama ever did.  

 
 
 
cjcold
2.1.6  cjcold  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

Trump grew up as a thief and a rapist. Worshiping Mafioso. Chip off of the block. 

 
 
 
zuksam
2.1.7  zuksam  replied to  JBB @2.1.3    2 weeks ago
The topic though is unemployment benefits!

The extra 600 a week unemployment windfall was a slap in the face to every low wage worker who has continued to work through this pandemic. All those essential workers who weren't laid off and had to put themselves at risk got to watch their friends and neighbors staying at home and getting many times double their normal pay.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  MAGA @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

No, tRump has given most of the money to BIG BUSINESSES and LARGE CORPORATIONS who didn't need the money like the small businesses and individuals did.  

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.9  seeder  JBB  replied to  zuksam @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

That is why essential workers are getting pay raises, bonuses and hazard pay. I think they should get more. Trying to pit working class people against each other is deplorable. All those who were laid off because they were nonessential had no choice in it. They were asked to stay home to slow the virus. They have bills and kids and mortgages. We are not talking seniors on social security or the disabled. They cannot get unemployment. These are working class Americans who are unemployed due to no fault of their own. Once they can return to their old jobs the unemployment benefits cease. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.1.10  dennis smith  replied to  cjcold @2.1.6    one week ago

Deflection as expected

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.11  Dulay  replied to  zuksam @2.1.7    one week ago
All those essential workers who weren't laid off and had to put themselves at risk got to watch their friends and neighbors staying at home and getting many times double their normal pay.

Which is why Trump proposed and demanded that the Congress pass legislation to reward essential workers and give them bonuses.

Oh wait...

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
2.2  Mark in Wyoming  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago
Remember that billionaires begrudged you $600...

From what im seeing around here , it isn't the billionaires that are doing the begrudging , its those that were titled "Essential workers" , that continued to work for no more pay or very small stipends while others that were rightfully shut down from working , being able to collect and getting away better than they were for doing nothing but sit on their backsides.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @2.2    2 weeks ago

Essential workers are undervalued.

Non-essential workers who got layoffs have kids, bills and rent due. And, they cannot collect unemployment if their old jobs are available. So, they still have no choice in not being able to return to work. Moany are Trump Voters!

I hope they don't get evicted soon.

Donald Trump better hope not too.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.2.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

all workers are essential.

time for those currently not working to become essential again.

people sitting on their asses will never be essential.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2.2    2 weeks ago

Again, if jobs are available workers are ineligible for unemployment benefits. So, those who would benefit from an extension of UE benefits have no jobs to return to...yet!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.2.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

Donald Trump better hope not too

He only wants their votes even if they are forced to live on the street.  Other than that, he could care less about them.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.5  seeder  JBB  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.2.4    2 weeks ago

I'm sure it will be Obama's Fault. It always is...

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.6  loki12  replied to  JBB @2.2.3    2 weeks ago
Again, if jobs are available workers are ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Wrong,

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/08/states-add-work-search-rules-to-qualify-for-unemployment-benefits.html   only three states have added work search rules, the rest are still coddling the worthless takers.

But most liberals should take the advice of this stupid bitch about going back to work, It's not like her pay is guaranteed or anything. Fuck the little people just like with Amazon.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/22/alexandria_ocasio-cortez_americans_should_just_say_no_to_going_back_to_work_after_reopening_society.html

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.7  seeder  JBB  replied to  loki12 @2.2.6    2 weeks ago

That is not accurate. Whether it is safe to go back to work is a different topic. When workers are allowed to return to work and their former jobs are available they become ineligible. If they collect benefits they are ineligible for then that money is supposed to be recouped. In any cas you are comparing state UE benefits with the Covid-19 federal program. Anecdotes don't count. The law does! Making false unemployment claims is a crime!

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.8  loki12  replied to  JBB @2.2.7    2 weeks ago
That is not accurate.

It is 100% accurate, 

 Whether it is safe to go back to work is a different topic.

That nobody is talking about.

When workers are allowed to return to work and their former jobs are available they become ineligible.

Exactly, but we you were talking about looking for work, they don't have too.

If they collect benefits they are ineligible for then that money is supposed to be recouped.

And?

In any cas you are comparing state UE benefits with the Covid-19 federal program.

The 600 is based on state EU benefits, no benefits no Covid 600.

Anecdotes don't count. The law does! Making false unemployment claims is a crime!

Another argument nobody made, Worthless burger flippers who were making 10 bucks an hour part time don't deserve 600 a week of other peoples money on top of their state unemployment, get a job or make do on state unemployment that has been around for decades.  Covid benefits isn't the lottery for worthless takers and the dregs of society like some want to make it

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.2.9  sandy-2021492  replied to  loki12 @2.2.6    2 weeks ago
only three states have added work search rules, the rest are still coddling the worthless takers.

Work search rules aren't the only way states can keep track of whether an employee has a job available.  When I was mandated to close, I laid my staff off.  And the employment commission has sent several forms for me to fill out, requesting the reason for furlough, whether part-time work is available, expected date of return, etc.  When I knew I'd be reopening, that date of return was submitted as part of that form.  On that date, they all became ineligible for UI, regardless of the existence or nonexistence of work search rules.

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.10  loki12  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.2.9    2 weeks ago

So their unemployment became unavailable once you, their employer said their jobs returned. Isn’t that exactly how it’s supposed to work? Were the forced to look for other employment while laid off?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.2.11  sandy-2021492  replied to  loki12 @2.2.10    2 weeks ago

Yes, it became unavailable.  Yes, that's how it's supposed to work.  No, there was no job search requirement.  My point is that to say that workers are still eligible for unemployment when their jobs become available again merely because there is no job search requirement is inaccurate.  State governments can and do find out from employers when a furloughed worker's job is available again.

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.12  loki12  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.2.11    2 weeks ago

But the point the JBB was erroneously pushing was there are work search requirements, thanks for confirming this is wrong.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.2.13  sandy-2021492  replied to  loki12 @2.2.12    2 weeks ago

This is what he said:

When workers are allowed to return to work and their former jobs are available they become ineligible.

Earlier, he also said:

And, they cannot collect unemployment if their old jobs are available.

So, several times, he indicated that he is aware that once their jobs become available, they are ineligible for unemployment benefits.  To me, it is clear that JBB is referring to their former jobs, not to available jobs in general, which are in fairly short supply right now.

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.14  loki12  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.2.13    2 weeks ago

Short supply?

https://www.statista.com/statistics/217943/monthly-job-openings-in-the-united-states/

I haven’t seen June, 5.4 million openings in May.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.2.15  sandy-2021492  replied to  loki12 @2.2.14    2 weeks ago

That 5.4 million is nearly 2 million fewer than a year ago.

Now, consider how things have changed for the working class since then.  Their kids may or may not be returning to school this fall, and they may or may not have childcare available.  Daycares here have cut the numbers of kids they'll take drastically.  So, while they may be running out of unemployment benefits, they may well have a childcare dilemma.  If they can't send their kids to school, and the daycare they used has closed, they may be unable to return to work, regardless of how willing they are. 

School buses will be operating at a drastically reduced capacity, too.  Parents who weren't doing so before will now have to drive their kids to school.  Another wrench in the works.

If they do return to work, will those jobs available cover the cost of childcare?  I don't know.  Daycare facilities will likely have to make some pretty expensive changes to how they operate, and the cost for those will be passed on to parents.

It's not as easy as "there are jobs".  There are a lot fewer available jobs than there used to be, and folks need to know that those jobs will pay the added expenses they're now likely to have.

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.16  loki12  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.2.15    2 weeks ago

All that may be true, but that doesn’t entitle a bunch of people 600 more a month than standard unemployment. Period! It was temporary, now it needs to end.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.2.17  sandy-2021492  replied to  loki12 @2.2.16    2 weeks ago

It may, or it may not.  That's above your and my paygrade.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.18  seeder  JBB  replied to  loki12 @2.2.12    2 weeks ago

Absolutely not. I never said that. I said that when those who collect unemployment because they were laid off due to Covid-19, when their original jobs are available again they must come back to work or else lose benefits!

For instance, when a GM factory reopens the workers must return or lose unemployment benefits. There is no requirement they look for work in the interim. 

And, I resent you misrepresenting my words!

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.19  seeder  JBB  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.2.13    2 weeks ago

Thank You!

 
 
 
cjcold
2.2.20  cjcold  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @2.2    2 weeks ago

That's pretty much the most 'lack of empathy statement' I've heard in awhile.

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.21  loki12  replied to  JBB @2.2.18    2 weeks ago

Then my most humble apology if I miss understood your point.

 
 
 
cjcold
2.2.22  cjcold  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2.2    2 weeks ago
time for those currently not working to become essential again.

So they can infect those of us not already infected?

This pandemic is much worse than far right wing deniers can possibly imagine.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.23  seeder  JBB  replied to  loki12 @2.2.21    2 weeks ago

Thank You. I do appreciate that...

 
 
 
loki12
2.2.25  loki12  replied to  JBB @2.2.23    2 weeks ago

You are welcome, I made a mistake and an apology was owed. Have a good night and wear your mask, because the life you save may be mine, and I will return the curtesy.

 
 
 
JBB
2.2.26  seeder  JBB  replied to  loki12 @2.2.25    2 weeks ago

The same here. The sooner we whip Covid...

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
2.2.27  Mark in Wyoming  replied to  cjcold @2.2.20    one week ago

Well all I said was the ones I see doing the actual begrudging here are those that have worked throughout the situation

And because the way UE is set up here , they cannot just quit and collect, and they know that..

so if you see that as a lack of empathy on my part , that's not my problem its was a statement of the fact of what I  am seeing and hearing ..

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.2.28  dennis smith  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.2.4    one week ago

You have Trump confused with Pelosi, Schumer and Biden

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.2.29  dennis smith  replied to  JBB @2.2.5    one week ago

Congratulations, you have seen the light.

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.2.30  dennis smith  replied to  cjcold @2.2.22    one week ago

And you know this how?

 
 
 
Dulay
2.2.31  Dulay  replied to  loki12 @2.2.6    one week ago
only three states have added work search rules, the rest are still coddling the worthless takers.

WTF do work search rules have to do with unemployed workers RETURNING to the jobs they  had? 

Hint: Not a fucking thing. 

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Unemployment benefits cover 70% of the person's wages. Talk about CS, this has all the hallmarks of being a complete disaster. 

REMEMBER KISS. Keep it simple stupid.

 
 
 
JBB
3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago

Trump is also going to end up with a six or seven trillion dollar deficit this year not even counting the trillions off the books from Trump's Fed's "Monitary Easing". That mean printing money...by the trillions! 

Those trillions aren't ending in working people's bank accounts. They are going to bankers and stock holders and...real estate moguls! It should be a scandal

BUT...TRUMP!

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
3.1.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JBB @3.1    2 weeks ago
Trump is also going to end up with a six or seven trillion dollar deficit this year

wait, you want it to be higher?

wanting free money and bitching about the deficit at the same time?   very confusing... LOL

 
 
 
JBB
3.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

I damn sure am not blaming it on unemployed workers who deserve a break. Again, who is getting a lot richer in the end from runaway spending and reckless monetary expansion?

Not the middle class getting unemployment!

It is greedy billionaires like Trump and Putin...

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
3.1.3  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JBB @3.1.2    2 weeks ago
I damn sure am not blaming it on unemployed workers

never said ya did.

who deserve a break

they had a break... a big one..  now it is time to get back to work.

continuing to hand out free money and run up the deficit further, is fukin stupid.

 
 
 
JBB
3.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

Unemployment benefits are a pittance and only those legitimately unemployed qualify!

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

Then tRump needs to stop looting the treasury and taking OUR money along with giving it to HIMSELF AND HIS ALREADY FILTHY RICH co-conspirators.  

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1.6  Dulay  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @3.1.1    one week ago
wait, you want it to be higher? wanting free money and bitching about the deficit at the same time?   very confusing... LOL

Unemployment isn't 'free money'. Just stop. 

The Senate bill includes $1.7 BILLION for Trump's FBI building and $33 BILLION to replace the DoD funding that Trump took for his wall. Then you add in the $20 BILLION for farmers [who already have multiple relief programs to choose from] and it starts to look like real money...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago

Is the additional $600/wk part of the 70%?

 
 
 
JBB
3.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.2    2 weeks ago

There is some talk of using the 70% instead of the flat $600. This mainly is designed to reward higher income earners and harm lower income people. It any case it would be instead of and not in addition to. People are acting like workers can choose to not return to jobs and still collect. They cannot. 

 
 
 
Kavika
3.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.2    2 weeks ago

Instead of a flat amount of $600 per week, they are proposing that each persons unemployment payments be 70% of their wages when they were working. That will be close to impossible to figure out and if it can be done it will take months to implement. 

At best this proposal is FUBAR.

 
 
 
dennis smith
3.2.3  dennis smith  replied to  Kavika @3.2.2    one week ago

It is not impossible, the states have info on how much all employees make and know what % is paid for by state unemployment insurance. They just need to let the Feds know how much is needed to bring that up to 70% of normal wages. 

Each state needs only to let the Federal Government know the difference so they can sent that difference to the states.

Not impossible at all.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.2.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @3.2.2    one week ago

Can Trump file for UB next year?jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4  sandy-2021492    2 weeks ago

The reason for the increased benefits was to encourage those who were not needed to provide essential services to stay home, for reasons of public safety.  Other than those workers providing essential services, or those who could work from home, we didn't want people working.  We wanted them staying safer at home, and keeping the rest of us safer, too.  I know that when I was mandated to close, knowing that my staff would be ok financially for a few months took a lot of pressure off of me.  It also allowed me to delay reopening a bit, and wait past our county's peak in new cases.  Two have elderly parents they care for, and we all worried about being safe for their sake.

Sometimes, public safety is more important than jealousy.

 
 
 
MUVA
5  MUVA    2 weeks ago

Time to end the boondoggle time to get people back to work people aren't staying home anyway. 

 
 
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