This is not a partisan issue. Almost all of the States, Red and Blue alike, are in fiscally dire straits right now because of COVID. I’m sure this won’t matter as the narrative strolls along though.
President Trump’s executive action calling on states to provide 25% of an additional $400 in weekly unemployment benefits poses “significant administrative burdens and costs,” according to a bipartisan letter from the leaders of the National Governors Association.
Bipartisan letter, signed on by Asa Hutchinson, Republican Governor of Arkansas.
Play politics with the American people’s money? God forbid! This is unheard of in politics. Especially among democrats. They would never dream of politicizing anything so important. Angels one and all.
A spokesman for DeSantis did not say whether the governor would agree to the deal, but DeSantis’ public schedule was updated to show a late afternoon meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, an indication that he was exploring the arrangement.
Im so old I remember when Republicans use to be against unfunded mandates to the states.
Times have def changed.
The issue is gonna be can the states afford it. Many states are not allowed, by their consitution, to run deficits like the federal goverment can.
Although I did read one study that said the way its written - States could simply count the $100 most on UE already get as their 25% and unemployed could get $300 without costing the state anything extra.
The bigger issue - is funds will prob run out in 4 to 6 weeks.
Perhaps a better plan would have bene that Trump urged congress to deal with this, pushed it to get passed, and spend that money from FEMA to develop a national testing plan instead so we could get on top of this.
From what I have heard, the only EO where Trump does hold the power to change is regarding student loans. The others could very well be deemed unconstitutional. I believe that what he did over the weekend was for show. Without a doubt meaningful aid would have to be done in Congress. And from what I am hearing this morning at least half of the Republican Senators do not want to do anything.
Governors across the nation were underwhelmed by President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order extending unemployment benefits by $400 per week.
Trump’s executive order comes with a sizable match, requiring Florida to pay $100 per week for nearly 800,000 claimants. Some congressional estimates say the benefits would last just four to five weeks, costing Florida more than $400 million.
The remaining $300 has its own catch. It’s coming from a Department of Homeland Security Disaster Relief Fund meant to cover the costs of hurricanes and other disasters.
And then there’s another catch: The $44 billion in disaster relief dollars would run out in a matter of weeks, according to some estimates.
“This scheme should give Floridians, who are in the middle of hurricane season, pause,” wrote Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst and at Florida Policy Institute