COVID-19

State lawmakers sign off on $300 unemployment payments

The extra money would boost payments for unemployed workers, but only through the end of September.

The Michigan House on Tuesday voted to boost unemployment spending with $2.87 billion from the federal government.

The money was rerouted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by President Donald Trump last month and would amount to an extra $300 per week for people who qualify for unemployment.

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However, the payments won’t last very long. The bill approved by the House would backdate payments to the beginning of August and extend them through the end of September.

That could give the U.S. Congress time to pass another stimulus plan, which could include more money for people out of work due to the pandemic.