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FEMA OKs $300 extra for MI unemployment checks

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"While it will take some time to work with the federal administration to implement this new program, all claimants will receive benefit payments retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility within the new program", Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson said in an August 19 statement. FEMA is waiting to see how many states in total apply (application period ends Sept 10th) before allowing states to request additional weeks. States that apply and are accepted are initially guaranteed to get three weeks of payments. The Maryland Department of Labor will now work with the federal administration to implement this program, with a plan to begin distributing the additional benefits by late September. This change means that many lower-income individuals who qualify for limited benefits (or individuals receiving smaller, partial benefits due to other income sources) will be ineligible for the LWA Program's unemployment supplement. -/- About 6% of claims are less than $100 making those claimants ineligible. It's not clear how long the extra money will continue for, according to the governor's office.

Taylor, who served as chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, also accused President Donald Trump of repeatedly using his office for political purposes, including directing officials to cut wildfire relief funding to California because voters there overwhelmingly opposed him in 2016.

House Democrats favor a $3 trillion proposal that would include additional $600 per week payments to the unemployed in addition to state benefits.

President Donald Trump brought a law and order message to Midwest battle states Monday.

The federal government approved that request, meaning Michiganders on unemployment will be eligible for $300 per week on top of the $362 per week typically provided.

In his letter, Grove noted that more than 900,000 Minnesotans, a record number, applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March. "Without those additional federal benefits, families are struggling to pay for basic necessities and our food banks are challenged to meet the demand". The Colorado Department of Labor said in a release issued August 19 that the federal Lost Wages Assistance program has been approved and system reprogramming has begun. Gov. Kristi Noem said the state doesn't need it because its recovery is going well.

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of CT has submitted its application for federal funding to establish a temporary program that will provide a $300 weekly wage supplement to existing unemployment benefits in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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