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Republican lawmakers ask Gov. Polis to end federal unemployment benefits

SOUTHERN COLORADO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Representatives Doug Lamborn, Ken Buck, and Lauren Boebert are calling on Governor Jared Polis to end federal unemployment benefits. Currently, federal unemployment benefits are set to last through September.

In a letter, the Republican lawmakers ask Gov. Polis to end benefits, saying the aid was meant to be temporary and help during the pandemic, but it has now incentivized "workers to stay at home and out of the workforce." The lawmakers suggest pursuing "a strategy that incentivizes Coloradans to return to work," rather than staying at home.

However, in May, Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order creating an incentive program to urge unemployed Coloradans to return to work full-time. Under the Colorado Jumpstart Incentive Program, unemployed individuals are eligible to receive an incentive of up to $1,600 to support the transition into full-time work.

Since launching the initiative, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reports 7,953 people have returned to work since May 23. Those individuals either received a $1,600 incentive to go back to work full-time in May or $1,200 in June.

For more information on the Jumpstart program, click here.

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  1. “Representatives Doug Lamborn, Ken Buck, and Lauren Boebert are calling on Governor Jared Polis to end federal unemployment benefits.”
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    The employment incentive program should do the same thing, without affecting the many who would still be unemployed if all the open jobs were filled. The most recent estimates showed about twice as many job seekers as available jobs, and most of the available jobs aren’t worth working for anyway.

    1. “most of the available jobs aren’t worth working for anyway.” If they ended unemployment payments then this wouldn’t occur either, thus proving that the employment incentive program is not the same thing. Something is always more than zero. Just because the job is hard, or not in the same field of expertise as you are trained in, are not a valid excuses to not work at all. I agree with this decision as this is the best course of action for America. There are plenty of public service jobs that are available and need to be filled.

    2. Your blue is showing again.
      There are so many job and no one is trying to work. So I will pull a …you….. Show me the proof that there are twice as many job seekers than jobs right now. And how do you know what they are?
      You know nothing about the current job market. I just got done with a state wide forum of business and ALL say they have jobs is all areas for all pay types and people still wont come apply for do apply and say they can start in September when their unemployment benefits expire. I can find a decent laborer in construction… starting pay is $19/hr, benefits and an apprenticeship program paid for, but I guess that is one of your undesirable jobs.

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