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Reynolds: Iowa will end $300 federal unemployment benefit

Posted at 11:20 AM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 12:20:15-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced that Iowa will join a bevy of Republican-led states ending pandemic-related federal programs that give extra cash to unemployed workers.

Reynolds announced the change Tuesday in a news release, saying the state will end the federal boosts, including an additional $300-a-week unemployment payment.

Reynolds said in the announcement that the benefits are keeping people from returning the work and are hindering the state's economy — a charge echoed by Republican governors in several other states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina. Reynolds said the benefits will end June 12.