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The Texas Tribune—
AUSTIN–Gov. Greg Abbott last Thursday said Texas will apply for federal
funding to provide an extra $300 every week for people who have lost their jobs.
More than 10 states have already been federally approved for the additional jobless
relief, providing an extra $300, and in some cases, $400 in unemployment checks.
The directive from Abbott comes as 61,416 Texans applied for unemployment
relief in the week ending Aug. 15. In total, more than 3.2 million Texans have applied
for jobless assistance since the coronavirus pandemic began. In March, Congress
passed a broad coronavirus relief package that added $600 to people›s weekly
unemployment checks, but the benefit expired in July leaving many people already
reeling from the pandemic deeper in the lurch.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order in early August, saying he
would add $400 to unemployment checks to help citizens weather life upended
by the coronavirus. The White House later clarified that the federal government
would provide $300 per week, and states could decide whether they wanted to contribute
an additional $100.
Abbott on Thursday did not indicate that the state intended to boost the payment
with an additional $100 per week, as other states have done. He said the federal
funding, if approved, will “provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying
Texans receiving unemployment benefits.”