Governor floats $300/wk support for people who go back to work

The proposed plan would continue federal unemployment aid for those who return to their old jobs.

Business owners in Michigan are desperate for workers. At the same time, people who would normally fill those positions are hesitant, warned off by low wages, long hours, and the continuing risk of COVID-19.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has one idea to help incentivize people returning to the workforce: Unemployment payments.

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The federal government has funded $300 per week in unemployment assistance for people who lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. Whitmer proposes allowing people to keep those payments even after they return to work.

There are some caveats. The payments would only apply to people who return to jobs they left during the pandemic. And only employers that participate in the state’s Work Share program would qualify.

Finally, payments – which are funded by federal American Rescue Plan money – run out in September.

Still, Whitmer said the proposal would be just one part of a bigger plan to get Michigan’s economy back on track.

“This is how we encourage people to get back to work without paying a price or making false choices,” she said during a Monday press conference.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.