Senate Democrats skeptical of extending $300 unemployment benefit – By NICHOLAS WU and MARIANNE LEVINE 05/11/2021 09:53 PM EDT | Just Sayin’ (me: Don’t punk for elitist GOPers)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said there had been “report after report indicating” it was “not accurate” that the benefits discouraged work. He cited the need for childcare and the reduction of public transit service in many cities as several of the factors affecting the labor market. Reducing benefits in the way Republican governors had done would leave many people with effectively no income, he said. 

Several economists also highlight a Yale study from last year that found “no evidence” that the initial $600 boost in federal unemployment benefits from last year’s CARES Act increased layoffs or discouraged workers from returning to their jobs over time. 

Source: Senate Democrats skeptical of extending $300 unemployment benefit – By NICHOLAS WU and MARIANNE LEVINE 05/11/2021 09:53 PM EDT | Just Sayin’