DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis urged Colorado’s federal Congressional delegation to extend several crucial supplemental federal benefit programs before they expire in March to ensure that Coloradans continue receiving the financial support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each time Congress lets federal assistance programs lapse and or changes the eligibility criteria the state has to wait for guidance from the US Treasury, then it must reprogram the UI system to that guidance causing unnecessary delays and hardship for thousands of Coloradans.
In his letter, Governor Polis strongly urged the delegation to extend several federal assistance programs, including the pandemic unemployment assistance program, and the emergency unemployment relief for government entities and nonprofits, among others without changes to eligibility and without gaps in coverage. Governor Polis emphasized the importance of quick passage well in advance of the March 14th expiration to ensure no further interruption of benefits and to allow the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to adapt their systems.
Many federal assistance programs are set to expire March 14, potentially forcing over 100,000 Coloradans to face losing assistance that has helped them throughout the financial crisis caused by the pandemic.