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The scene: Polis never wanted federal unemployment benefits

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Thousands of Colorados are preparing for the end of federal unemployment benefits, which will be cancelled on Saturday.

Governor Jared Polis said he never wanted them to be here in the first place.

“We would like Colorado to use this money in other ways. It could have been better used for almost anything-infrastructure investment, tax cuts,” he said at the conservative Steamboat Institute Free meeting last week.

(If you missed it, at that meeting, he also called for the abolition of Colorado’s income tax.)

Regarding federal unemployment benefits, he added: “Of course, I do believe that our only choice is to reject or accept, we accept. So this money enters our economy. People spend it, people save money, they buy No matter what they did.”

They may not have used the money to buy a house. The Post has spoken to people who rely on unemployment benefits throughout the pandemic, and it can be said that it is enough for them to use it for basic needs instead of real estate transactions.

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In any case, Polis continued: “Of course, we would love to use it for anything else, from investing in infrastructure and roads to tax cuts, but it simply means,’You want this 600 million to 800 million Dollars or not?’ We took it.”

Colorado could have opted out of these benefits as early as 20 states. To a large extent, the thinking of these states is that if people do not choose the government to check wages, more people will return to the labor market and economic growth will accelerate. As explained in a report in the Denver Post this week, it didn’t quite work as well.

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Legislators took steps this year to make the state more welcoming of refugees and immigrants, including the establishment of a new American office. HB21-1150 Effective this month, the office must make recommendations on how to best achieve refugee service goals by January 1.

“The Office of New Americans has the right to convene state agencies to comprehensively plan welcome and integration,” said Iman Jodeh, a Democratic Rep. Aurora. “(The need) has never been more obvious than it is now, because the country plans to welcome Afghan refugees and has the ability to continue these coordinated practices.”

Colorado Department of Public Services spokesperson Madlynn Ruble said the exact number of refugees going to Colorado is still uncertain. Since August 1, about 40 Afghan refugees have arrived in Colorado, and 53% of the people helped by the Colorado Resettlement Agency this year are from Afghanistan.

“Colorado has made a clear commitment to support our new neighbors in Afghanistan, and these services will support families in creating a new life here,” Lub said.

President Joe Biden’s government said on Wednesday that the United States is working hard to build Up to 50,000 refugees At its military base, it will then be connected to the resettlement agency. It may take several months for refugees to reach their new homes, and many may settle in other countries.But Denver Was previously listed As one of the 19 communities, it can provide a popular place to live for refugees holding special immigrant visas (for those working in the US government).

The list of 19 people also includes Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Portland and Houston.

Mayor Michael Hancock greeted the news and future residents of the city with open arms.

In a statement, the mayor said: “As our community has shown in the Syrian refugee crisis and Central American children on the southern border, Denver is ready to help and welcome those who seek a better life for themselves and their families.” For those who are now fleeing the turmoil in Afghanistan, this enthusiasm has not diminished at all, and we are here to support their resettlement in any way possible.”

Earlier this week, Colorado Democrat Rep. Jason Crow also introduced legislation to increase Special immigrant visa For the Afghans.

Although Biden raised the historical minimum ceiling set by former President Donald Trump for the 2021 fiscal year ending September 30, the United States is still expected to see Hit a record low Of refugees have been resettled here this year.

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