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Kentucky sends $ 400 checks to hundreds excluded from Trump's unemployment program

Andy Beshear, Kentucky Governor

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Kentucky is sending $ 400 checks to thousands of unemployed in the state who did not qualify for a previous round of relief approved by President Donald Trump.

Other workers whose unemployment benefits have been significantly delayed receive one-time payments of $ 1,000.

Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Tuesday targeting $ 48 million to these groups of workers who have slipped through cracks in the state and federal unemployment system.

"Federal requirements for programs administered by the Unemployment Insurance Office have prevented Kentucky from making payments to some qualified individuals through no fault of these applicants," the executive order states.

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Funding will total $ 900 billion for new pandemic relief, including stimulus checks, additional unemployment benefits, and rental assistance, to reach Americans in need. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to come up with a proposal for additional cash soon, including a request for $ 2,000 stimulus checks.

Other states and cities – such as Alaska, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, and New York City – started paying relief to residents in late 2020. Like many of these jurisdictions, Kentucky supports the effort with a federal coronavirus relief fund.

$ 400 checks

The rule was a move away from the $ 600 weekly CARES Act improvement that was available to all those collecting unemployment benefits.

The Trump administration imposed this to ensure that people who lost side appearances as opposed to a major source of income cannot receive the subsidy, U.S. Labor Department officials said at the time.

Employees eligible for benefits less than $ 176 per week in November and December will receive a one-time payment of $ 400 under Kentucky Regulations.

(The state minimum weekly payment is $ 176 for self-employed and other workers receiving pandemic unemployment benefits.)

$ 1,000 checks

About 16,500 workers will receive a one-time payment of $ 1,000, said Democrat Beshear.

Employees are entitled if they applied for unemployment between March 4th and October 31st of last year, but the state has not yet checked and paid their benefits under the Implementing Ordinance. Eligibility also depends on verified identity and no evidence of fraud.

Thousands of applicants across the country have waited months for benefits to materialize as historical demand has emphasized the states' often outdated systems.

Beshear provided an additional $ 47.5 million to upgrade a technology system "that has been in operation since the 1970s and is functionally out of date," he wrote in a comment Monday.

That is, approximately 60,000 Kentuckians would be eligible for a payment of $ 400 and 24,000 would receive $ 1,000. Tuesday's announcement revised these numbers downwards.

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