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Senate Democrats want to replace most of your lost paycheck with permanently boosted unemployment benefits

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A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a plan on Wednesday to permanently boost unemployment benefits, making state checks larger to cover most of a worker’s lost wages.

The plan from Sens. Ron Wyden and Michael Bennet would also set up a $250 “jobseeker allowance” for gig workers and contractors — essentially a weekly benefit that replaces Pandemic Unemployment Assistance so they would no longer be shut out from traditional state unemployment systems. Gig workers have secured access to unemployment benefits in 2020 and 2021, but only on an emergency basis via the pandemic-related stimulus programs.

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