Northern Colorado business people petition governor to end supplemental unemployment payments

A group of about 170 business people from Northern Colorado has signed a letter asking Gov. Jared Polis to end now the special unemployment benefits that are not set to expire until September.

The signers, as noted in the letter, believe that the benefits are keeping some people from returning to work at a time when businesses are trying to operate at full capacity but unable to find people to fill positions. Others, however, say eliminating the payments won’t necessarily cause people to return to work if other factors have greater significance to them.

“Our economy is booming in Colorado, but our small businesses are constrained by the lack of available workers. We are asking Gov. Polis to rescind the voluntary extended federal unemployment benefits of $300 extra per week,” Pete Gazley, president of Total Facility Care, a building maintenance company in Northern Colorado, said in a written statement. “There are more jobs than workers, so…

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