More than a dozen groups that advocate for the state’s businesses called on officials to end the $300 federal subsidy that unemployed Georgians have been receiving during the pandemic.

The weekly subsidy is discouraging unemployed people from looking for work at a time when some businesses are desperate for employees, according to the organizations, which include the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Association of Manufacturers. The groups want Gov. Brian Kemp and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler to redirect the federal funding to a program that would offer bonuses to Georgians who accept jobs or to other back-to-work initiatives.

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