Florida seeks to boost unemployment benefits $300 a week

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Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 3:48 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is applying to participate in a new federal unemployment assistance program to boost benefits another $300 a week.

DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, saying he’s applying to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance Program.

People currently receiving at least $100 in benefits and who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic can be eligible for another $300 a week.

Once approved, benefits will be retroactive to Aug. 1. The Lost Wages Assistance Program was created by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month.

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