New Jersey Will Pay the People Who Have Been Paid Not to Work to Return to Work

POLITICS & POLICY
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks at Monmouth Park Sports Book in Oceanport, N.J., June 14, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

The New York Post reports:

Unemployed New Jerseyans who return to work could get a $500 bonus in their first paycheck under a state program unveiled Monday.

The “Return and Earn” program aims to curb labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Ah, “labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Anything in particular that led to them?

Small businesses have been hit with a shortage of workers amid the pandemic, with critics laying the blame on enhanced COVID-19 unemployment benefits.

So, to be more precise: The problem in New Jersey is that the federal government has been paying people not to work — a problem that New Jersey intends to counteract by . . . paying people to work instead.

Top men, our leaders. Top men.

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