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Michigan bill to end extra unemployment benefit faces veto

It is due to end Sept. 4 under federal law. Democrats say money should not be taken from people struggling to find work.
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LANSING, Mich. — Republican lawmakers have voted to stop a $300 weekly federal supplement that is added to unemployed workers’ benefits in Michigan, though the measure is expected to be vetoed when it reaches Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

The GOP-led Legislature passed the bill on party lines Thursday. Supporters say the $300 pandemic benefit, which is on top of the maximum state benefit of $362 a week, discourages people from rejoining the workforce. 

It is due to end Sept. 4 under federal law. Democrats say money should not be taken from people struggling to find work.

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