The moves from GOP Governors Kay Ivey in Alabama, Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas, Tate Reeves in Mississippi, Greg Gianforte in Montana and Henry McMaster in South Carolina over the last week comes after Republicans demanded Biden drop the boosted benefits.
The enhanced federal payments were created last year to assist those put out of work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but governors are now worried their states’ economies won’t recover if people continue to be incentivized to not work.
‘It has become clear to me that we cannot have a full economic recovery until we get the thousands of available jobs in our state filled,’ Reeves tweeted Monday.
The Mississippi governor continued in his statement: ‘[I]t has become clear that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and other like programs passed by the Congress may have been necessary in May of last year but are no longer so in May of this year.’
Hutchinson said Tuesday morning it’s time to stop paying workers to stay home.