Arizona House to consider bill enticing unemployed to return to work

By KTAR.com

The Arizona House Majority Leader said Monday a bill will be under consideration that would entice available workers away from bloated unemployment benefits and back into the workforce.

Republican Rep. Warren Petersen said the bill, which could be introduced this week, would be a counter to the coronavirus relief bill that boosted weekly unemployment benefits.

Petersen said he’s worried that the expanded benefits are causing Arizonans to want to stay unemployed instead of returning to work.

“Right now, the way the federal government has handled unemployment with the policy created, it’s actually having a reverse impact than it should,” Petersen said. “It’s actually keeping people at home.”

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