If residents of these states return to work, they may receive an additional $2,000 stimulus payout.
WORKING AMERICANS in some areas may be eligible for an additional stimulus payment worth up to $2,000 if they return to work.
Arizona and Kentucky governors were among those to announce efforts months before federal unemployment benefits expired on September 6.
In May, Arizona Republican Doug Ducey proposed the Back to Work Plan.
Americans who got full-time jobs received a $2,000 one-time stimulus cheque, while those who landed part-time jobs received a $1,000 cash reward.
Governor Ducey wanted as many Arizonans back in the workforce by Labor Day, September 6, according to KOLD 13.
“With enough supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine on hand and millions of Arizonans immunized, people feel safer and are finally returning to life in Arizona as we know and loved it before,” he remarked while introducing the program.
“People have returned to work, restaurants are filled, and tourists are pouring to our state.”
On July 10, Arizona ended its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provided up to $300 in weekly payments to unemployed Americans.
“We’re going to use federal money to encourage folks to work rather than pay them not to work,” Ducey added.
Incentives for returning to work have also been offered in Kentucky, Maine, and Montana.
In June, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that up to 15,000 citizens would get a $1,500 bonus if they returned to work.
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“As we race out of this pandemic with our economy growing, we want every Kentuckian employed and participating,” he stated.
“We wanted the proper answer – not a red-state or blue-state solution – to thread this needle in the correct way to re-energize our successful economy while also keeping an eye on people still trying to recover from this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and sorely needing assistance.”
“This is a positive step for our employees, our economy, and our employer.”
Residents who wished to claim the money had to have worked between June 24 and July 30.
Governor Janet Mills of Maine also offered firms a $1,500 payout for individuals who begin employment between June 15 and June 30, or a $1,000 check for Americans who return to work in July.
She estimated that up to 7,500 people in the state could benefit from the money.
Americans who received unemployment benefits until May 29, took a full-time or part-time work paying less than $25 an hour, and stayed in the position for at least eight weeks were eligible for the program.
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