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Slashing unemployment benefits isn’t just a terrible economic idea — it’s a cruel gut punch for millions of Americans

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At least half of US states will soon put a halt to benefits that many unemployed or underemployed workers have relied upon to keep their heads above water financially through the pandemic. 

More than two dozen Republican governors have announced that their states would soon begin to opt out of federal pandemic programs that provide enhanced unemployment benefits — and Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri cut off the benefits last week. The latest is Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, who said he felt the expanded benefits are no longer needed since “vaccines and details ⇒

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