Jones & Haggerty Support Extension of Unemployment Benefits to Low-Income Recipients

(BOSTON) – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) along with their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature on Monday, October 26 passed An Act relative to additional unemployment benefits for the neediest recipients currently excluded from the Lost Wages Assistance program, which would enhance unemployment benefits for 17,000 people in Massachusetts by as much as $1,800 each.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created extreme financial hardships for many individuals who have lost their jobs and are now struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table for their families,” said Representative Jones. “These eligibility changes will provide much-needed relief for thousands of Massachusetts residents who did not previously qualify for enhanced benefits under the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program.”

“It’s never been more important to support workers in the Commonwealth, so they can receive the help they need and the benefits they paid for,” said Representative Haggerty. This common-sense measure will play a critical role in assisting people and families pay their bills and provide for their loved ones.”

The legislation authorizes an increase to unemployment compensation for every recipient in Massachusetts not receiving at least $100 in weekly benefits. This enhancement would apply retroactively to approximately 17,000 recipients.