McConnell meets with Morehead businesses regarding workforce

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to slowly taper off across the state, the debate over unemployment and back-to-work incentives continues to heat up and become a political issue.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been talking about the issue across the state and Wednesday was in Rowan County. He said he is listening to business people about their issues and concerns. At Rajant Manufacturing, the incentives were a big topic, and some do not agree with the work incentive Gov. Andy Beshear announced last week.

Adam Hinton of Hinton Mills said, “I think that the $1,500 bonus is a bit of a slap in the face to the folks that have been essential.”

The incentive is only paid to people who return to work and stay on the job.

McConnell called it a gimmick and repeated his claim that ending the $300 federal unemployment extension would be more effective.

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