Senator Clay Scofield: It’s Time to Get Back to Work
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) today released the following statement after Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama will end its involvement in all federally funded unemployment compensation programs resulting from the pandemic:
“I applaud Governor Ivey for her decision to stop additional unemployment compensation in our state,” said Scofield. “We have seen businesses both small and large failing to retain enough employees to be able to continue operating successfully. The extra money included in weekly federal unemployment benefits deters Americans from working and discourages individuals from finding work opportunities. You cannot go anywhere in my district without seeing a ‘help wanted’ sign, and I have heard from businesses of all types that they cannot find individuals who are willing to work.
“Our state has experienced a substantial amount of economic growth and development over the last several years, creating a booming economy with room for continued progress. Alabama has transformed into a pro-business, pro-growth state, competing closely with our neighboring southeastern states. Although the pandemic did bring on some unforeseen challenges that have certainly stalled economic growth, Alabama businesses and residents have proven their resiliency and determination to continue forward on a path of success.
“Governor Ivey made the right decision by putting the best interest of our state and our people at the forefront of this executive action,” Scofield continued. “Alabamians should feel positive that our public officials are confident in the complete recovery of our state. The progress we have made since the onset of the pandemic and the perseverance of our people and leaders demonstrate that we are ready to get back to work. It is time for Alabama to remain open for business.”