As the ongoing pandemic continues to damage the California economy, state lawmakers are now deciding whether to provide an unemployment benefit with the extra $600 per week that will be provided by the federal government expiring this month.
Phil Ting who is the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee stated:
"There are so many people who are relying on that money to pay rent, to buy food. I think the state has to do everything possible to help them pay their bills.”
State unemployment checks will go back to the weekly average of $340 unless the state or federal government restore supplemental benefits. The money for an extended benefit would then be borrowed from a federal trust fund that has been covering the state's cost of paying unemployment benefits to millions of California residents who lost their jobs after the stay-at-home order was enforced.
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