14 states now reject Biden “enhanced” unemployment benefits

A fast-growing list of Republican-led states are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to the Biden Administration’s misguided unemployment supplement.

According to CNBC the list is now 14 states that have rejected the additional unemployment money which Rio Grande Foundation and others have argued is keeping Americans from rejoining the workforce.

The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming.

A separate article from the UK Daily Mail had fantastic data but it became outdated based on the number of states continuing to grow rapidly.

The overall article is fantastic with numerous details on the economic harm of paying people to stay home and not work. While it will be a long time (never) before New Mexico’s leftist governor rejects what she considers “free” money, the number of conservative-led states is growing and it would seem that several Republican-led governors could still take action.

As has been widely-reported, New Mexico businesses cannot fill jobs while the State continues to have the 3rd-highest unemployment rate in the nation.

According to the Daily Mail the average U.S. salary for an individual in 2019 was $31,133. This means the average Americans could earn more money in coronavirus-era benefits instead of going back to work.  The following chart from the piece does a great job of illustrating how attractive staying on unemployment with the $300 supplement is relative to other options:

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