Gov. Lee announces withdrawal from feds’ pandemic unemployment programs

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters outside the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that Tennessee will withdraw from the federal government’s enhanced unemployment benefit program during the pandemic, citing the more than 250,000 unfilled positions in the state.

Democrats are panning the decision as unfair to people who have lost their jobs.

“More than 200,000 Tennesseans have been laid off since Jan. 1 and the Lee administration just made the irresponsible decision to punish their families in a time of need,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Raumesh Akbari. “That’s not leadership, it’s legislative violence. This callous decision highlights just how out of touch this administration is with the lives of everyday Tennesseans.”

Here’s the full release from the governor’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the end of all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs in Tennessee, effective July 3.

“We will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennesseans have access to more than 250,000 jobs in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Families, businesses and our economy thrive when we focus on meaningful employment and move on from short-term, federal fixes.”

Gov. Lee’s letter to the U.S. Department of Labor can be viewed here.

Federal pandemic unemployment programs set to end on July 3 include the following:

·         Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides for an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation

·         Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify, such as the self-employed, gig workers and part-time workers

·         Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides for an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted

·         Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), which provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings

Unemployment claimants in Tennessee have been required to complete three weekly job searches in order to remain eligible for benefits since Oct. 4, 2020.

Any weeks filed before July 3 that are eligible under federal program requirements will continue to be processed.

The Tennessee Workforce Development System stands ready to help Tennesseans return to the workforce. Career specialists are available to help job seekers match with new employment opportunities at more than 80 American Job Centers across the state. They can work to identify possible training programs that can help an individual change their career pathway or enter an apprenticeship program so they can earn a competitive wage, while they learn a new trade.

The Tennessee Virtual American Job Center, www.TNVirtualAJC.com, allows Tennesseans to research different programs that can help remove barriers to employment so they can more easily reenter Tennessee’s workforce.

As federal pandemic unemployment compensation ends in Tennessee, the state encourages claimants to search for work at www.Jobs4TN.gov, which currently has over 250,000 active job postings of all skill levels. 

41 Responses to Gov. Lee announces withdrawal from feds’ pandemic unemployment programs

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    Cryan says:

    He knows he is going to lose the primary so he’s throwing out whatever red meat he can give the true Patriots who turned on his bucktoothed ass last year.

    Nobody will remember this theater next August.

    Glenn Jacobs 2022

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      Cryan says:

      Free campaign advice to you Mr. Glenn Jacobs (Kane), Andy Ogles, Mark Greene, Diane Black, Cameron Sexton, and all the other primary challengers:

      Bill Lee should have cancelled it to begin with. He is the reason businesses are in this mess!!!

      #LeeTheTyrant

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    James says:

    Good.

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    steve cates says:

    More examples of the cruelty of republicans and a perfect example of their total disregard and lack of understanding of working folks in the state!! Perhaps one day these folks will rise up, register and vote to rid this wretched state of these republican vultures.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Steve, there are a lot of empty U-Haul trailers sitting around this “wretched state” from people who escaped from one party Democratic run states of your dreams. I just bet you can pick one up to move your stuff back to where those trailers came from at one hell of a cheap price.

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      Cryan says:

      Bill Lee is toast. Remember refugee resettlement? TN STAR REPORT DOES.

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    mike swafford says:

    I am telling you this guy, Bill Boy Lee looks like someone hit him in the face with a 2×4. But he was never a smart BOY. JUST FULL OF SHIT GROWING UP. AND ALL THE THE CROCKED REPUBLICANS CAN GO TO HELL TO HELL.

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    Cryan says:

    It would take over 224 years of $300 weekly payments for a person to match the $3.5 million in farm subsidy handouts Stephen Fincher has made in the past few.

    But the unemployed are the true burden on society?

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    LeeAnn C says:

    Good! Every business in town is hiring. Those individuals that have been absorbing extra unemployment payments with NO requirement to TRY to get work will now need to get out there!

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      LeeAnn C says:

      Not effective until JULY 3rd!?! The jobs are out there NOW!

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        I’m sure Bill can find a way to dip into an unemployed person’s bank account and transfer $300 to the businesswhiner of his choice. Wouldn’t that capability be nice?

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        Cryan says:

        You better vote against Bill Lee if you are you a true Q-Patriot and Trump lover.

        If not, vote for Bill Lee, and forever be known as LeeAnne “RINO” Cuck.

        Remember it was Bill Lee who shut us down. Bill Lee got the vaccine. Bill Lee might as well be a Demoncrat.

        Glenn Jacobs 2022

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          LeeAnn C says:

          You’re rather late to this forum. I’ve been vocal about Governor Lee’s abuse of the emergency powers. No business or job should have ever been defined as “non-essential “. The unemployment ‘boost’ has it’s roots at the federal level and was an obvious ploy to force $15 minimum wage. However, this action is a positive one. I just hope businesses can hang on until people recognize the need to work for a living.

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          lellwynne says:

          Trump got the vaccine too…..Just saying

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      Cryan says:

      Bill Lee is toast. Remember refugee resettlement? TN STAR REPORT DOES.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    A little late, but of course the right move. The transparent attempt to force a $15 minimum hourly wage or guaranteed annual wage on this country should have been eliminated from Tennessee sometime ago but as is often the case in the end Lee did the right thing. When the Republicans retake the House in 2023 they will at least put a brake on all of this leftist madness. Diane Black would have been preferable, more experience and more guts, but Lee will be the least of our worries as he serves for the next five years.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    On the other side of the coin, are these 250,000 jobs good ones or crappy ones that do little for the employee while making a rich fat cat fatter? There might be other reasons those jobs are unfilled other than the lazy unemployed….

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      On yet another side of the same coin if an employee has a “crappy” work history, or instead of thinking about his future in high school he thought only about “girls” or “booze and/or drugs” or “video games” or. . .in short, “CRAP” in a free society he deserves nothing better than a “crappy” job. The fabulous thing about it though, anytime you want to grow up and acquire a good work history at a “crappy job” or acquire a marketable skill while working at your “crappy” job BINGO! your days at a “crappy job” will eventually be over.

      Surely Cannoneer you don’t think taxpayers should subsidize people who have maneuvered themselves into a position so all they can get is a “crappy Job” so they receive an income as though they had a decent job. Lazy? Beats me, let’s just say “crappy” productivity!

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        Cryan says:

        You’re describing Matt Gaetz in high school. Except he failed UP into success because of his daddy — that is before the pedophile secret came out.

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        I’m just saying that there are two groups hard at “work” here. One group that wants to continue to not work and live on the government dole, and another that is using this crisis (along with a pliant Governor) to fill positions that are unpleasant and poorly paying for less money than would otherwise be necessary. Influencing the market dynamic, if you will…

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    Cryan says:

    Bill Lee is toast. Remember refugee resettlement? TN STAR REPORT DOES.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    This man is a tyrant. Rich just get richer and he keeps his thumb on the unemployed.

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    Cryan says:

    Bill Lee supported Paid Family Leave for state employees. Cameron Sexton voted it down. Don’t think that won’t be a campaign ad, too.

    But besides all the RINO policies Bill Lee supports that will be used against him in the primary, Casada may still rat him out to the FBI.

    This is Cameron Sexton’s best opportunity.

    *Eats popcorn*

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    Cryan says:

    Andy Ogles has been featured on the Star Report more than Bill Lee this week.

    *Eats popcorn*

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    Cryan says:

    “Just got a phone poll about a right challenge to Bill Lee in the 2022 GOP primary. Glenn Jacobs, Andy Ogles, Mark Green. The two issues were “Lee-mandated COVID lockdowns” and “Lee’s refugee resettlement.” – Sean Parker 5/11/21

    *Eats popcorn*

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    Cryan says:
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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    _____________________________________
    Chip Roy (Heritage-96%!), to whom I am proud to say the SIA Evangelical Conservative PCF sent a significant grant in his 2020 election, just sent a memo to his colleagues to the effect that Elise Stefanik (Heritage-48%) was not conservative enough to represent the House Republican Conference. WE HAVE A PULSE! WE HAVE A PULSE!

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      Cryan says:

      GQP Civil War

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      MARLE says:

      Wanna bet? She’s a Trump evangelist and that makes her more than conservative enough to satisfy this despicable, spineless set of Republican office holders.

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        Cryan says:

        Trump will find a primary challenger for Chip Roy.

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          MARLE says:

          Why? Is Roy a Big Lie denier? The only thing that gets you target for being primary-d is publicly challenging Trump and his lies.

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            Cryan says:

            Yes, he is.

            “Trump deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly, in my opinion, impeachable conduct.” – Chip Roy

            Stuart can’t help himself to highlight how much Trump is taking over his party.

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            MARLE says:

            That was back in mid-Jan when Lindsey Graham was saying “Count me out!”, “it’s been a great ride”, “enough is enough”. Spineless individual that he is …that lasted about 2 weeks.

            So Trump has allowed those who have repented of their short-lived boldness back into the pack of lap dogs. It all depends on how Sorry he is for his attempt at honesty.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    What Trump and the Republicans did today by expelling Liz Chaney in the sleazy manner they did should be a wake-up siren call to all the Conservatives and republicans that the party has lost it’s way. Trump’s numbers and approval ratings are diving into the deep with every passing day. The fumbling AZ embarrassment is gaining traction and threatens to make the “Big Lie” into “THE BIG JOKE.” The party is split into so many different groups now and the people are just mad. And the, so called, leaders of the party are cheerily advertising how they need to quickly add a huge addition on the “Big Tent” to hold all the newcomers pouring in. Yeah Right! The way the leaders scattered into hiding right after the vote speaks volumes about how proud they are of their actions today. The people have had enough.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The “Big Joke in AZ” is packing up the ballots and turning the building over to the local high schools for graduation ceremonies – a much more useful purpose for the building than this nut-job scam of a ballot count. What a fiasco for all those involved, whatever they are called.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Remember folks, this is NOT an audit, it is also NOT a recount, it is a fishing expedition looking for a slim piece of bamboo in a haystack, which would still prove nothing. The support for such a bizarre happening is fast turning into anger for this group of Cyber Misfits. There is nothing “official” going on here and it may turn out to be doing some unlawful things with those “official” State Ballots.

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