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- California could create its own $ 600 weekly unemployment check.
- California lawmakers are considering providing an additional unemployment check of $ 600 per week due to the increase in COVID cases19.
- With the federal supplement ending on July 25, state unemployment checks will return to the weekly average of $ 340 unless the state or federal government restores the supplemental benefits.
California state lawmakers are considering a $ 600 weekly supplemental unemployment check for COVID19 if Congress does nothing to extend federal pandemic aid to the unemployed that expired on the 25th of this month, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said ), as published by Los Angeles Times.
With the federal supplement ending on July 25, state unemployment checks will return to the weekly average of $ 340 unless the state or federal government restores the supplemental benefits.
“There are so many people who depend on that money to pay the rent and buy food. I think the state has to do everything possible to help them pay their bills, “said Ting, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee.
And where would the funds for that extended benefit come from?
It would be borrowed from a federal trust fund that has already been covering state costs to pay unemployment benefits to millions of Californians who lost their jobs because of the order to stay home because of the pandemic.
Ting and 25 other members of the state Senate and Assembly raised the issue as part of a $ 100 billion joint stimulus plan that aims to protect Californians and stimulate job creation.
This proposed stimulus plan will be delivered to Governor Newsom and a task force of experts on the subject.
“Millions of Californians are suffering in this economic downturn, and Republicans in Washington, DC don’t seem to mind,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said when the stimulus plan was launched.
However, Newsom did not respond until Tuesday to the question of whether it would support the state providing supplemental unemployment benefits. Newsom had already said Friday that he is hopeful that Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will convene Congress to provide more financial aid to unemployed Californians.
“I have deep confidence in your ability to accomplish something important, to accomplish something that directly addresses the issue not only of unemployment insurance, but of depositing checks in the pockets of those who have been affected by COVID-19,” Newsom said.
The thing is complicated. On Monday, Republicans in the Senate proposed a package that would precisely cut the improved federal unemployment payments from $ 600 per week to $ 200, arguing that disinterest in going to work was being encouraged as many workers don’t regularly earn $ 600 per week.
But lowering aid to $ 200 would create financial hardship for many low-income California families, according to a study published Tuesday by the California Policy Laboratory at UCLA.
California would not have to provide supplemental funds if the federal government reinstates the $ 600 payments, Ting said, but also stated that the state should intervene if there is no help from Washington.
Ting referred to the problem of reducing weekly aid to the unemployed when paying rent. So far, people have been able to dodge eviction orders, but that could change. “The last thing we should do is compound our homeless problem. We don’t need thousands more Californians on our streets today, ”he said.