Kudlow Calls $600 Unemployment Checks A ‘Disincentive,’ Expects Them To Stop In July

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Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Sunday the $600 checks being sent to Americans on unemployment as part of coronavirus relief efforts are expected to end in July, and called them a “disincentive” for people to get back to work.

“The $600 plus, that’s above the state unemployment benefits they will continue to receive, is in effect a disincentive. I mean we’re paying people not to work, it’s better than salaries would get,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“That might have worked for the first couple months, it will end in late July,” he added.

Read more at The Hill.



  1. mean we’re paying people not to work, it’s better than salaries would get,”

    Well, duh, exactly. This elitist just doesn’t get it. A total disconnect. Is $600 considered a living wage?! Is a family man earning $600 sustainable?! If the job market is only paying a hardworking employee $800 a week on the books, before taxes and reductions, and this Kudlow King in his Ivory tower, thinks that’s okay, he is completely out of touch with what’s going on in this Country! He should take a moment to analyze what the marketplace is really paying for low-end entry jobs for the less educated. He should do something to improve their situation. Yes, if someone was making $800 before Corona and now he can make $900+, of course one has to be an idiot to go back to work just to make less. That’s illogical. Now, what he should be doing is giving incentives for those on unemployment to get back to work such as giving the $600 a week for those who do return and earn under a certain threshold. The people who are working hard in a retail store, be it seforim, electronics, clothing, grocery, delivery, etc…are at least working and not being lazy and sitting on their tush. Shouldn’t they allowed to earn a living wage???

  2. For someone making $3,500 to $4,000 a week, $600 is gornisht mit gornisht. What’s he getting all excited about?


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