California Unable to “Shoulder This Burden” of Paying Unemployment Aid

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California continues to remain at the forefront of the national spotlight, amid its response to coronavirus.

Governor Gavin Newsom was the first in the nation to implement a statewide shelter-in-place order for residents. Months later, the governor would lift this order, only to then implement strict guidelines for businesses and individuals to follow.

 

Over the weekend, President Trump signed an executive order into law that provides aid to Americans experiencing financial harm amid coronavirus. The aid provides $400 per week; $300 arrives from the federal government while states bear responsibility for covering the outstanding $100.

Apparently, however, this is too great a task for California. Yesterday, the governor of the Golden State professed that paying $100 in unemployment aid goes beyond its means, according to Breitbart News.

Why Can’t California Pay Its Share of Unemployment Aid?

On Monday, Governor Newsom claimed that having to pay $100 in weekly unemployment aid to qualifying state residents would amount to $700 million each week.

The California governor also admitted that COVID-19 aid from the federal government was spent on other endeavors. Therefore, California “cannot shoulder this burden” without slashing critical services, at least according to Newsom.

Another factor deals with the dilapidated state of California’s unemployment system.

The governor has come forth and noted that due to the less than up-to-par conditions of California’s unemployment system, “enormous consternation” and “time delays” would befall individuals seeking unemployment; this is apparently contingent upon California being on the hook for covering $100 per week in joblessness aid.

High Spending in California

Newsom’s claim that California cannot cover $100 per week in unemployment aid to struggling state residents has raised many eyebrows.

The Golden State is known for its extremely high taxes; moreover, the California governor has never had any issues with handing over money to illegal immigrants and other far-left causes. Yet, somehow, trouble has only arisen since California is now on the line for $100 weekly payments to out-of-work state residents.

To reduce unemployment rates in California, the governor could lift mandates that require certain businesses to remain closed. This would get people back to work, hence lessening the number of individuals who qualify for government handouts.

Unfortunately, though, Governor Newsom has yet to indicate that he plans to lift shutdown orders anytime soon.

What do you think about the California governor’s claim that the state cannot pay $100 per week in unemployment aid to qualifying residents? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below!