Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte will end the state’s participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs by the end of June, making it one of the first states to fully opt out, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office. In addition, Gianforte has also proposed paying a $1,200 return-to-work bonus.
Other states are also cutting off federal pandemic benefits, hoping that their unemployed residents will head back to work. As of Friday, May 21, according to CNBC, at least 21 other states are getting ready to opt out of the FPUC’s $300 per week supplemental benefit.