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Ducey declines to support unemployment increase in Arizona

Governor instead pushes Congress to pay the bill

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Governor Doug Ducey (R-Arizona) declined to support an increase in the state's unemployment payments, instead urging the federal government to renew payments for those left out of work by coronavirus.

Ducey was asked about the increasing the state's jobless benefits Thursday, during his weekly coronavirus briefing. Gov. Ducey said "this is on Congress."

Related: Gov. Doug Ducey provides weekly coronavirus update

Arizona's weekly unemployment payment maxes out at $240. It's the second-lowest in the nation above only Mississippi.

The federal government has been providing $600 weekly supplements under the CARES act. Those payments expired Friday.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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