TROY, Mich. (WTVO) — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is looking into using the federal government’s $300 unemployment bonus check as a back-to-work incentive.
Whitmer announced the plan on Monday.
“We’re going to use the federal $300 per week in unemployment benefits to our advantage, so we can incentivize people to get back to work,” said Whitmer, according to WJBK.
Currently, under the state’s Workshare Program, the bonus check goes to those unemployed workers to offset wages lost during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This boost is available to workers who receive benefits who were brought back by an employer participating in the work share program,” she said.
But Whitmer’s new plan would allow the state to tack on a $300 bonus to employees who return to work.
“This is how we encourage people to get back to work without paying a price or making false choices,” she said.