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Unemployed in Massachusetts getting $300 weekly boost

Boston's Financial District, March 18, 2020. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents receiving unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic are getting a temporary boost of $300 per week, state officials say.

The announcement Monday follows approval Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Gov. Charlie Baker’s application for money to cover three weeks of enhanced checks.

The money is coming from President Donald Trump’s order to FEMA to distribute up to $44 billion to states after Congress failed to extend a program that had provided $600 a week in extra jobless benefits under pandemic stimulus legislation passed in March. That ended in July.

Baker previously said he didn’t like Trump’s approach to providing more aid.

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“But if this program is there and it turns out to be the only thing that’s there, I don’t think Massachusetts should pass on that,” he said.

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