New York State lawmakers are discussing a $2.1 billion fund on Thursday that will provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants and former prisoners, which may provide some recipients with about $28,000.
Sources told The Post that the office of lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo is disseminating details of the “excluded workers’ fund,” which will become part of the now overdue state budget for 2021-22. Part.
The proposal was introduced in the Senate and Congress two weeks ago, and its purpose is to help residents who are not eligible for federal aid, such as those who live in the country illegally or those who have recently escaped from prison.
Advocates (who are pushing the fund to nearly $3.5 billion) emphasize that these so-called “excluded workers”
The proposal will affect approximately 275,000 workers throughout the Empire State: 173,000 workers in New York City; 187,000 undocumented immigrants; 87,000 people have recently been imprisoned.
The calculated payment amount will reflect the weekly amount of federal or state unemployment insurance, or approximately $500 per week.
According to a report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, these recipients will receive an average of $12,600, assuming there is no work for 24 weeks after the pandemic began in March 2020.
The organization found that: “If you remain unemployed for the entire insurance period, the highest benefit anyone can receive will be the first year of the pandemic, $28,600 from March 2020 to March 2021, and December from April to 2021. $17,500 a month.”
Opponents argue that the plan is financially irresponsible at a time when the state is losing funds due to the pandemic.
Republican state senator Daphne Jordan (Daphne Jordan) said in a statement on Wednesday: “This heinous plan is the latest in the misplaced priorities of state governments.”
Jordan, who represents the Hudson Valley and parts of the Capital Region, added: “It is unreasonable to send billions of dollars in taxpayer money to illegal immigrants and convicted felons.”
The source said that ongoing discussions about the fund involve Cuomo’s office requirements that people must provide documents about their work and unemployment experience in order to be eligible.
According to sources, supporters including Queens Democratic Senator Jessica Ramos believe it is difficult to obtain these documents because employers may not tell the government that they have hired undocumented workers. .
“We have been striving for far-reaching qualifications,” Ramos interviewed the negotiations in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday.
“We want to make sure that we include as many neighbors as possible because too many people are excluded from financial relief programs such as unemployment benefits.”
During the meeting, Cuomo and members of Congress continued to finalize the final details of the state’s $200 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year, after Albany blew up the April 1 deadline.
According to reports, in the past 17 days, dozens of “excluded workers” went on a hunger strike to promote the development of the fund-advocates made a fuss about budget delays.
The “Excluded Workers Union” said in a statement: “There are no budget decisions every day. This is yet another day for the safety of workers to suffer a hunger strike and the economic safety of thousands of excluded workers.”
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Thursday that she supports “brave workers” who are fasting.