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House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora Statement on Gov. Lamont’s “Back to Work CT” Program

Posted on May 17, 2021

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Monday issued the following statement regarding Governor Lamont’s “Back to Work CT” Program:

“Persuading people to give up one government benefit with promise of another one is a little like a dog chasing its tail. By gleefully proposing this bribe to work program the governor has not only ignored the role that enhanced unemployment benefits have played in employers’ inability to fill vacancies, but also the long-term economic impact of relying on what seems like a never-ending supply of federal money to fix our problems. The governor should instead follow the obvious path taken by nearly 20 other governors and opt out of the $300 weekly unemployment bonus program that employers say has made staying home a more lucrative option than rejoining the workforce.”