Ron DeSantis announced this week that Florida would no longer accept Joe Biden's federal unemployment benefit boost, making it the 23rd state to stop doling out the $300 per week payment to jobless citizens.
The states, all run by Republican governors, argue that there are plenty of jobs available – and that the boosted benefits disincentivize their constituents to go back to work because they make more sitting and home and collecting.
Floridians will no longer be eligible to receive the weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation starting June 27, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced Monday.
Joining the Sunshine State in opting out of the supplemental payments are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Nebraska, which similarly has a Republican governor, is also considering ending the scheme this summer.
Although it appears no official documentation on an end to the benefits has been released, Governor Pete Ricketts said during a Monday: 'Now it's time to return to normalcy.' He followed up by saying the $300 payments will end June 19.