Trump’s plan to transfer disaster relief money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for new benefits, different from a $ 600 weekly federal increase that expired, approved by Congress in March. . Because money comes from a different pool, it follows different rules – and needs its own process.
“It will have to be created from scratch and run parallel to Pennsylvania’s existing unemployment benefits programs,” Penny Ickes, communications director at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, said in a statement. to CNN.
“This is not something any state can do quickly,” she added.
Eligibility rules also change with operator action. It does not include people who receive less than $ 100 a week from their state’s existing unemployment benefits. It also provided only half of what unemployed Americans received.
Trump administration officials said states would be able to start and operate the new system within two weeks, but some experts were skeptical.
Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a progressive thought organization, said: “I don’t think anyone will see the money in August.
Trump’s executive action has allocated $ 44 billion to the new unemployment benefit, an amount that could last just six weeks if all the states joined the program provided there were still many people left. there are jobs due to the pandemic.
At first, the Trump administration said states were required to spend 25% of the new $ 400 weekly benefit. Many states, which are facing budget shortages, say they won’t be able to make money. The State Governors Association said states would bear “significant administrative burdens and costs.”
However, states are looking for ways to further clarify what is required and how to implement the program.
“As soon as we get confirmation of what Mississippi will have to do as a state, we will make it public,” a state Department of Employment Security spokesman said on Friday. Private.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine said in a press conference on Tuesday that if $ 300 is the final proposal from the administration “we want to get that money over to everyone as quickly as possible.”
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services did not respond to a CNN request for how long it would take.
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Indivar Dutta-Gupta, professor of law and co-executive director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, says that program in more simpler ways than one of the states will have to stand up for the good. Latest.
“Thinking they will do it in two weeks is unbelievable,” he said, noting that some states may end up paying new benefits to their people once.
Pandemic and hurricane
Adopting Trump’s new system is the risk of taking money from FEMA designated for other types of disasters.
“We are entering a rather strong hurricane season,” said Isabel Soto, a labor market policy data analyst at the US Action Forum.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess contributed to the report.