Cuomo: Impossible for State to Pay 25% of Additional Unemployment Benefits

Cuomo: Impossible for State to Pay 25% of Additional Unemployment Benefits

President Trump signed an Executive Order over the weekend that included additional unemployment benefits of $400, but said he wants states to fund 25% of the costs, a cost Governor Cuomo said New York cannot pay.

The CARES act added an additional $600 for unemployment benefits, but that expired at the end of July, and with Republicans and Democrats at odds over an extendable amount, it has not been renewed as of yet. 

Trump’s executive order extended the benefits, but at $400 a week, with the federal gov’t covering $300, and states adding $100 to reach the $400.

“Executive Orders can’t replace legislative actions,” Governor Cuomo wrote on Twitter.

Of course, over the last five months, the Governor has issued approximately 60 executive orders responding to the coronavirus. 

The Governor has been openly feuding with the President for weeks over a lack of bailout money for New York which has faced declining tax revenue due to impacts from the virus.

“States can’t pay 25% of unemployment costs. It’s simply impossible,” he added.

The Labor department also said it is still assessing the executive order and will share more information as soon as there will be an update.

(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

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