Three additional states were approved for the enhanced unemployment payment made possible by President Donald Trumps recent executive order.
New York, Alaska, and Georgia were approved, according to Sunday announcements by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is processing applications.
All three states chose the option that will see the unemployed get $300 weekly on top of regular unemployment payments. The money is coming entirely from the federal government.
Three governors chose the alternative: a $400 weekly boost, with $100 paid for by the state.
Twenty-six states have now gained approval from FEMA to gain enhanced unemployment payments.
Those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Vermont.
A number of others have filed applications and are waiting for them to be processed, or have made public the intention to file an application.
Those are Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington state.
Delaware officials announced Friday that the state was applying for the $300 per week boost, even as Labor Secretary Cerron Cade criticized Trump.
“While Delaware will be applying for these funds to support workers unemployed due to no fault of their own, I need to be perfectly clear; President Trumps plan is a Hail Mary that is unnecessarily complicated and will be a nightmare to implement quickly,” Cade said in a statement.
“One of the challenges with this new program is that states are being directed to pay these benefits through FEMA rather than the traditional unemployment sources which we have been using since this crisis began. These funds cannot intermingle. Therefore, states will have to establish new systems which must interface with our existing unemployment rolls to determine eligibility. This could take weeks to get operational.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, announced the same day that his state was filing for the lower enhanced payment option, while blaming stalled negotiations on a congressionally-approved extension of federal payments on Republicans.
“There is still time for Congressional Republicans to pass a good and practical solution that simply extends the extra weekly benefit, and I urge them to act now,” he said in a statement.