AUSTIN — The $300-per-week federal unemployment assistance Congress approved earlier this year will stop flowing to jobless Texans next month after Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday the state is opting out of the benefit.

After pressure from business groups, Abbott is withdrawing from the program that allowed Texans to receive a weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. The decision comes amid a trend of Republican governors announcing plans to cut the benefits in order to encourage people to return to work.

According to a press release, Abbott’s office said the decision was made to focus on connecting unemployed Texans with jobs instead of paying them unemployment benefits. The payments, which were scheduled to stop Sept. 6, will instead end starting June 26 for Texans.

“The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring in communities throughout the state,” Abbott said. “According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment benefits. That assessment does not include the voluminous jobs that typically are not listed, like construction and restaurant jobs.”

The unemployment rate in Texas was 6.9 percent in March, which is more than double the record low of 3.4 percent in May 2019. The Texas Workforce Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how many Texans were receiving the federal benefits.

As governors withdraw from the federal benefits, critics say the payments are still necessary because some Texans are facing difficulties returning to the workforce while dealing with COVID-19 or coordinating child care, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Abbott said there are almost 60 percent more listed jobs open in Texas today compared to February 2020. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, approximately 76 percent of posted jobs pay more than $11.50 an hour, and 2 percent of posted jobs pay around the minimum wage.

On Thursday, the Texas Association of Business and 37 other business organizations wrote a letter to Abbott asking him to pull out of the extra $300 a week to encourage productivity and lower unemployment. According to the letter, unfilled jobs in the state are threatening the “state’s recovery and economic future.”

“Texans want to get back to work, back to school and back to normal. Employers believe that supplemental UI benefit payments from Washington are disincentivizing work and resulting in many good Texas jobs going unfilled,” the letter said. “We believe it is time to realign government incentives behind the goal of rebuilding our economy together.”

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This is an incentive not to work. I believe folks should have to prove they are in hard times , drug free, and proof looking for work to receive government handouts

So the Tribune reported many are 11.00 plus jobs. This is much better than 300 a month

The danger of free money without earning can get folks on poverty path

The Lords word says man must work with his hands

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