Progressive group estimates up to 95K Mainers impacted by end of federal unemployment aid

The Maine Center for Economic Policy, a progressive group, says more than 22,000 Mainers have now lost those federal benefits, citing data from the Maine Department of Labor.

Using Census data, the center projects the loss of benefits will impact 94,800 Mainers, when taking into account dependents.

The center says states have the ability to use money from the American Rescue Plan to support federal unemployment recipients.

The group says, however, the Mills administration has shown no sign that funding would be used that way.

Click here to read the full story, first published September 7, 2021 in WMTW.