More than a dozen states have been approved to pay unemployed workers $300 a week authorized by President Trump — but New York hasn’t even asked for the cash, according to a website that tracks the applications.
Kentucky is the latest state given the green light to distribute up to $44 billion in total funding from the Lost Wages Assistance program, according to a Friday news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Laid-off workers in Arizona are already getting the coronavirus-related benefits, according to CNBC.
Eleven other states — Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah — have also been approved to receive grants, according to FEMA.
But New York hasn’t applied for funding, according to UnemploymentPUA.com, which last updated the state’s status on Sunday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo opposed Trump’s plan as “laughable” and “impossible” when it was first announced and included a requirement that states kick in an additional $100 a week for each unemployed worker.
That mandate was quickly eased by the US Department of Labor to cover benefits that were already being paid.
Only Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia have agreed to provide the extra money, according to the UnemploymentPUA.
Last week, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem turned down Trump’s offer of unemployment benefits, saying her state was “fortunate” not to need it.
“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80 percent of our job losses,” she said at the time.
Cuomo’s office and the state Department of Labor didn’t immediately return requests for comment.