GOP Governor Says UI Benefits Are Bad For Iowa — Unless They’re For Anti-Vaxxers, Of Course

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds blamed unemployment benefits for employers supposedly having trouble hiring, so she ended federal benefits three months early.
  • Reynolds signed a bill that creates wide-open waivers to prevent the unvaccinated from losing their jobs and guarantees UI benefits for people who choose to lose their jobs rather than get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Why do these “independent and self-sufficient” Americans (who don’t trust the government) need a gov handout just because they refuse to protect themselves and their families?

Kathie Obradovich at Iowa Capitol Dispatch from Rawstory writes:

“Remember way back in June, when unemployment benefits were killing Iowa’s economy?

Gov. Kim Reynolds couldn’t wait until extended federal benefits expired in September, so she ended them three months early. She blamed unemployment benefits for the fact that employers were having trouble filling open positions.

“Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs initially provided displaced Iowans with crucial assistance when the pandemic began,” Reynolds said in a press release announcing the change in May. “But now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these payments are discouraging people from returning to work.”

Two weeks ago, Reynolds announced new requirements for people to collect unemployment benefits, including increased job-search requirements and weekly meetings with Iowa Workforce Development staff designed to match them with available jobs. She cited a shortage of workers…”

See full story here.

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