unemployment benefits

Congress, don't extend disincentives to work

Editors, Washington Examiner

If Republicans cannot find the political will to end enhanced payments, they must change the way they are paid, so as to encourage workers to stay in their jobs whether or not they can report to work. One suggestion is to allow small businesses to receive loan forgiveness if they make a good faith effort to rehire staff. Republicans could insist that the renewal of enhanced unemployment benefits be accompanied by a plan to wind down the dollar amount as the economy reopens. There are still another three months before the enhanced benefits expire. Congress can and should cushion those who want to work, but without hobbling the economy.

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