Congratulations, Governor, your application for pandemic unemployment assistance has been approved!

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is unprecedented in the nature and number of its recipients. For the first time, this temporary federal program provides unemployment benefits to gig workers, independent contractors, and others with ....

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What’s in Kamala Harris’s pandemic UBI plan?

While negotiations remain stalled over the next coronavirus stimulus package, a possible September deal appears likely to include a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks. For universal basic income (UBI) supporters, that raises the question: ....

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Unemployment claims continue to improve

Yesterday’s unemployment benefit claims report from the US Department of Labor (DOL) shows positive trends on multiple fronts, starting with first-time claims for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits dropping below one million for the first ....

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Senator Schumer is upping his own demands on unemployment benefits

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the following on the Senate floor regarding ongoing negotiations on extending the $600 federal unemployment benefit bonus: On unemployment insurance, a few Senate Republicans have belatedly accepted ....

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States could extend the $600 unemployment bonus, too

California often leads the way for the rest of the country. The Golden State is home to the first McDonald’s restaurant, the 1970s anti-tax revolt, and even the frisbee. Could California once again lead the ....

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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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