South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has slammed federal programs that provide an extra $300 to the unemployed — saying it cripples incentive to work and is putting the US “right on the road to socialism.”
“This is about as close to socialism that I’ve seen,” the Republican raged to Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night.
“We’ve got help-wanted signs up everywhere, we get calls and letters, and texts from all sorts of businesses all across the state looking for people to work,” McMaster said.
“People won’t come to work because they’re getting as much money or more in some cases by staying home.”
According to economists at Bank of America, the combined unemployment benefits mean that anyone earning less than $32,000 a year can potentially receive more income from unemployment aid than from their previous jobs.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
Gov. Henry McMaster slammed the unemployment benefit boost as “a counterproductive policy.”
Last week, McMaster announced that his state would opt out of federal pandemic-related benefit programs at the end of June.