Gov. Laura Kelly's administration announced Thursday that it would seek unemployment benefits from a new federal program that would partially replace a $600-a-week payment approved by Congress that lapsed.
The governor is seeking approval for a share of up to $44 billion in disaster relief money that will pay Kansans $400 week above their regular unemployment benefits. The state will have to contribute $100 toward that sum. The benefit is taxable.
“While I had hoped that United States Senate would return early from vacation and extend federal benefits, I could not sit by idly while many Kansans . . .