Kansas May End Federal Jobless Aid to Encourage Workers

Link: https://www.governing.com/work/kansas-may-end-federal-jobless-aid-to-encourage-workers


Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday she was weighing whether to end Kansas’ participation in federal unemployment programs started during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many Republican states say they will pull out of the initiatives.

Businesses have complained of difficulties in hiring workers, something many Republicans have chalked up to a slate of programs aimed at cushioning the blow for residents laid off due to the economic turmoil of the past year.

Kelly’s office confirmed in a statement Wednesday that Kansas wasn’t following in the footsteps of Missouri, Iowa and about a dozen other state in ending their participation in the programs.

Author(s): Andrew Bahl, The Topeka Captial-Journal

Publication Date: 14 May 2021

Publication Site: Governing