Arizona Workers' Advocate Group Pushes Back Against Ducey Ending Pandemic Supplemental Pay
As the business community celebrates Gov. Ducey’s ending of pandemic supplemental pay for Arizonans, workers’ advocate groups are calling the decision short-sighted.
Andrew Sugrue with the Arizona Center for Economic Progress said the move will cost Arizona $1 billion in federal jobless assistance and create worry for poor households.
“People might be accepting jobs they otherwise wouldn’t have. Maybe that’s taking a job away from someone who needs it. And so, I think it’s injecting a lot of anxiety into a group of low income workers,” he said.
Sugrue mocked the governor’s $2,000 back-to-work bonuses for those who obtain full-time work, stop receiving unemployment insurance and stay in the job for at least 10 weeks as being, “a fraction of what people were earning on unemployment insurance.”