Gov. Lamont outlines $1,000 ‘signing bonus’ initiative to bolster workforce

Money for the program is coming from CARES Act funds.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 9:53 PM

Updated 1,099 days ago


Gov. Ned Lamont outlined a new program to encourage people to get back to work during his briefing on Monday.
The state is offering a $1,000 "signing bonus" to those who land a new job and hold it for two months.
Money for the program is coming from CARES Act funds.
State House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora criticized the plan, saying, “Persuading people to give up one government benefit with promise of another one is a little like a dog chasing its tail."
The governor says Wednesday is a “big day” where most restrictions on businesses will be lifted.
The only one remaining recommendation will be indoor masking for those who are not vaccinated.
Stew Leonard Jr., who joined the governor on Monday remotely, said signage that said masks are required at Stew Leonard's stores have already changed.
“Everybody is still coming in with their masks on. I'm interested to see what will happen Wednesday,” he said.
Leonard Jr. added that his team members will continue to wear masks beyond Wednesday, but they will reevaluate that around Memorial Day.

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