Here’s the economic logic of reducing that $600 bonus unemployment benefit

One of the most contentious parts of the “phase four” economic support and stimulus package floundering in Congress right now: What to do about that $600 weekly federal payment to supplement standard state-provided unemployment benefits? ....

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Senate ‘HEALS Act’ includes important fix to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

While most will focus on its proposed changes to the $600 per week federal bonus for the unemployed, the HEALS Act — unveiled by Senate Republicans Monday — also includes an important technical change designed ....

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Even without the $600 bonus, many will continue getting bigger unemployment benefits than paychecks

Congress is currently discussing the fate of the $600-per-week federal unemployment bonuses set to expire this week. A key Republican objection has been the bonuses’ resulting in many unemployed workers collecting more in benefits than ....

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A tax incentive, not a spending program, to boost employment

Congress faces several critical choices before departing for their August recess. Should the $600-per-week additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefit (which has resulted in five of six workers earning more in unemployment benefits than wages) be ....

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Are there really 5 million more people on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance than have applied to get on?

Various reviewers (including me) have noted the rapid growth of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. That’s the temporary federally funded unemployment benefit program created in the March 2020 CARES Act that is designed to ....

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