Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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‘I’m Not Going Back to Work’: Indiana Residents File Lawsuit After Governor Ends Unemployment Benefits

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Several Indiana residents filed a lawsuit against the state government after Gov. Eric Holcomb last month announced Indiana would pull out of the federal government’s COVID-19 unemployment program. The lawsuit, which was filed last week, seeks to force Indiana to return to the $300-per-week program, which was slated to end in September. Holcomb, a Republican, said he made the decision in a bid to motivate unemployed people into finding work amid reports of staffing shortages nationwide. “It’s not black and white,” Sharon Singer-Mann, one of the plaintiffs, told the Indianapolis Star. “Everybody’s story is not the same. I’m not going back to work, not at the risk of my son’s life.” Singer-Mann added that after the governor’s decision removing the extra unemployment benefits, “we’ll have to decide which utility bill to pay, which household items to let go of,” and “we’ll have to change what kind of shampoo we use, what …

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