Virus Outbreak Unemployment Benefits

A roadside banner beckons potential employees outside a Home Depot store in Hattiesburg, Miss. Businesses are having a hard time filling open positions because of the extra stipend being paid to the unemployed under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

With all the discussion of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for service workers, that still wouldn’t be enough to get the unemployed off the couch and back into the workforce.

The decision by President Joe Biden and Congress to repeat the mistake of a previous stimulus package by providing an across-the-board lump sum payment to those on unemployment is destroying small businesses that rely on lower-wage workers to provide their services. That includes restaurants and retailers, many of whom are resorting to sign-on bonuses and other incentives just to have enough workers to operate at minimum standards.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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