Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

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Democratic Maine state lawmakers Friday called on Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief package and brought in struggling Maine workers to tell their stories.

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The newest COVID-19 stimulus plan that Senate Republicans released Monday would cut supplemental unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 a week. That would impact about 182,000 Mainers, including 46,000 children.

The $1 trillion pandemic relief package Senate Republicans rolled out Monday includes a provision that would cut the current $600-per-week enhanced unemployment benefit down to $200. And then, in October, it would switch to 70 percent of a worker’s prior earnings.

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A prisoner at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren has filed a federal lawsuit against the Mills administration for withholding unemployment benefits from him and other prisoners in a work release program.