Hunger a great motivator

Here’s an idea: Instead of wasting money at $1,200 a pop to get Alaskans to head back to work – as one state senator suggests – why not spend the dough on hiring more state troopers?

Sen. Bill Wielechowski wants to spend $10 million to “provide a one-time bonus of $1,200” to get folks back to work.

The budget is in Conference Committee, a panel to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget.

Alaska employers – and those in other states – have complained the federal bonus unemployment payments, which are about to end, were so generous people are unwilling work.

Twenty-five states, including Alaska, are ending the $300-a-week American Rescue Plan add-on to unemployment checks early. Some cut them off yesterday; Alaska’s ends June 12.

There are about 32,000 people applying weekly for unemployment benefits in Alaska.

Instead of forking out $10 million to get them back to work, why not spend the money on increasing the number of state troopers in rural Alaska, or improving the 9-1-1 system, or on any number of worthy public programs to benefit the entire state.

Cutting off the $300 federal add-on to the benefits will, in and of itself, get people back to work. Hunger, after all, is a great motivator.

3 Responses to Hunger a great motivator

  1. Marlin Savage June 5, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Bribing people to work??? What happened to the good old American work ethic???

    Shut off all “free” money and allow people to be self sufficient and aquire self esteem…

  2. Elizabeth Henry June 5, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    That would be a common sense solution. Can’t have that!

  3. Donald Drumpf June 5, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    I can see future editorials now: “City Crime Rate Skyrockets, Democrats Fault”. Must be nice to side with the GOP, cause just about all of the problems with absolutely zero forethought and then point the finger and say it’s somebody else’s fault.


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