COMMITS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION FOR WEST VIRGINIANS
During Monday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the State is
prepared to do its part to ensure that unemployed West Virginians will be
able to continue receiving benefits through the end of 2020.
“We cannot let our people that are sitting out there with no job – not
knowing how in the world they’re going to pay rent, or keep from being
evicted, or making their car payment, or putting food on the table – to
just sit out there and wilt on the vine,” Gov. Justice said.
Over the weekend, President Donald J. Trump signed four executive orders,
which extend federal enhanced unemployment insurance benefits to the end
of 2020, at a rate of $400 per week.
“I commend President Trump for doing so,” Gov. Justice said. “We've got
to get some money flowing to help West Virginians in need as well as
people all across the country.”
Under the order, $300 of the weekly total is to be paid for by the
federal government, while the remaining $100 is to be paid for by each
“Hands down, period, West Virginia is going to pay it,” Gov. Justice
said. “We do so very willingly.
“I believe that the federal government will eventually reverse their
stance on that and that they will pay the full 100 percent in the end,”
Gov. Justice continued. “But we’ve got the money set aside to make it
work either way.”
Gov. Justice further explained that preparing for a contingency like this
was the entire reason he set aside $687 million of the State’s $1.25 billion in
CARES Act funds to help support unemployed West
Virginians through 2020 and 2021 through WorkForce West Virginia.
“That’s exactly why we did it and God knows I’m glad we did it,” Gov.
Justice said. “We’re going to be able to take care of our people.”