Unemployment, vaccine incentives expected to be addressed during Beshear’s first ‘Team Kentucky Update’


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Beshear is holding the first of what he is calling weekly “Team Kentucky Updates” Thursday afternoon.

The governor will address several issues at 12:30 p.m.

Among those issues, the governor is expected to announce an incentive for people to return to work. This comes after employers and some economic leaders are asking for some federal unemployment benefits to end.

Some believe the government is making it too easy to not get a job because, for one, they are collecting an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits.

The federal unemployment benefits are expected to end in September, but some are saying it can’t wait until then and people need more incentive to go back to work.

Last week, the governor told us there are a lot of benefits to the state’s economy for keeping that $300 flowing.

“These benefits, right now, put about $34 million a week into Kentucky’s economy,” Gov. Beshear said during his final COVID-19 briefing last week. “The number one place they’re spent are grocery stores. But they’re also spent at restaurants and retail, two areas that have been hit so hard in this pandemic.  So, if we’re not smart about our approach, if we don’t thread the needle over the coming months, we’re gonna see the same businesses that may have been hurt the most, take another hit, and that’s not right.”

The governor is also expected to talk about vaccine incentives today. Again, this will be the first of weekly Team Kentucky Updates.

Several states, including Tennessee and Arizona, have either stopped or plan to stop the federal unemployment benefits earlier than September.

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