COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Local businesses looking for workers may have potential employees applying for jobs.
Both Governors Tate Reeves and Kay Ivey announced plans to “opt-out” of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.
That means the additional $300 weekly payment to unemployment recipients will end.
And while one local Republican lawmaker says she agrees with Governor Reeves decision, a local Democrat says he believes people need assistance.
“People are really suffering in the state. The pandemic caused a lot of hardship and we just can’t take what is going on as that everybody is taking advantage of the system and I don’t believe that. I think that people really need help,” said Representative Kabir Karriem, House District 41 (D).
“I think it’s about time. I know that in my district businesses up and down Highway 45 that are needing employees. I think it’s time for us to take away that extra federal incentive. I think it was a great move on his part,” said Representative Dana Mclean, House District 39 (R).
Compensation will end on June 12 for Mississippi and June 19th for Alabama.