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May 18, 2021

Analyst: End of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Could Slow State’s Economic Recovery

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Gov. Jim Justice has joined 20 other Republican governors in announcing plans to end federal supplemental unemployment benefits, claiming “a lot, lot, lot of folks are scamming the system” by accepting the extra $300-a-week payment. Read the full article.

Justice said Friday, and reiterated Monday, that he is ordering the $300 payments cut off from West Virginians effective June 19, even though Congress voted to extend the benefit to Sept. 6 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“If you’re just taking advantage of this program, I think that time is over,” Justice said in announcing the cutoff Friday. “West Virginians have access to thousands of jobs right now. We want everybody back to work.”

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