States Wary of Trump Move for Them to Kick In on Federal Aid (1)

Aug. 9, 2020, 10:25 PM

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back.

The leaders of states including New York and Michigan said Trump’s plan ignores the cash-strapped reality of most states, which have deep budget holes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the president’s order was based on “shaky ground legally” and it was “impossible” for states to pay.

“The concept of saying to states ‘you pay 25% of unemployment insurance’ is ...

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