With the n umber of virus cases receding around the country (SLOWLY?) some governor’s have become anxious to restart their economies….
The ‘stay at home’ orders are gonna cut HUGE holes in their budgets from lost tax revenue….
But as they see things ‘reopen’?
Scared by media reports of infections and deaths?
People are reluctant to just come out and go to work in places that they know will involve close quarters and mixing with people…
Some governors, it is reported, will resort to threatening to cutting jobless benefits, if people do NOT go back to work…
$600 a week state check vs a regular salary?
This ain’t about money….
For some states, the concern is that residents who are offered their old jobs back simply may not accept them, choosing instead to continue tapping historically generous unemployment aid. The $2 trillion congressional coronavirus relief package signed by President Trump in March greatly added to weekly benefit checks for out-of-work Americans, and some people may be earning more than they did previously.
Business leaders say they desperately need workers to return to stores, restaurants and other operations to stay afloat financially. Labor activists, however, contend the reality is far more complicated: Some now-unemployed Americans weren’t making much money in the first place, so they may not want to risk their safety just to return to underpaid old gigs.
In the process, some states’ public comments have frustrated federal lawmakers, labor activists and public health officials, who say forcing workers to return so quickly might be dangerous — and could undermine the country’s response to the deadly pandemic.
“These states are offering people the choice to endanger your life or starve,” said Damon A. Silvers, the director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO….
This could backfire for governors come the fall elections…