Beshear: Kentucky to seek extra unemployment payments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says the state will seek federal approval to provide unemployed workers with a supplemental $400 in short-term weekly assistance under a White House offer. Gov. Andy Beshear says the Labor Cabinet will file the application Thursday. He says federal approval could come within days. But the governor said Wednesday that recipients likely won’t start receiving the extra payments until early September. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Beshear urging him to request the extra jobless aid. Unemployed workers had received an extra $600 a week in federal pandemic aid until the assistance expired Aug 1.