At least a dozen states have begun paying hundreds of dollars to their unemployed residents from the Lodge Wages Assistance Program, which Trump authorized last month. But at least one state, Texas, has already announced a weekly boost.
Some 48 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, have already been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with only South Dakota turning down federal help. Nevada only has not yet been approved.
FEMA said on Wednesday that states would be given six weeks of increased payment. So far, it has disbursed $ 30 billion of the available $ 44 billion.
States have the option of adding $ 100 per week in payments. At least four states – Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia – have elected to do so.
About 1.7 million Texans currently receive unemployed benefits, but approximately 348,000 claimants are not eligible for an additional $ 300.
Meanwhile, other states are just starting to implement the program. The state Labor and Workforce Development Agency said on Monday that Californians have started receiving benefits this week. Some will receive $ 900 outright for the first three weeks of August. The state has been approved to distribute a total of $ 1,500, but is applying for a sixth week of benefits.
And Florida residents will start receiving three weeks worth of August payments this week, said Ron DeSantis on Tuesday.
However, other states have said they need more time. Although Colorado was one of the first states to be approved, its Department of Labor and Employment estimates that residents will not begin receiving funds from mid-September to late September.