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Over 20 U.S. states have cut-off enhanced unemployment benefits in hopes of pushing people back to work. 25 Republican governors believe the enhanced benefits are discouraging people from looking for work. The increased vaccine rollouts allowing the economy to reopen has been the cause of this decision, which is receiving pushback. What are the benefits of cutting off enhanced unemployment? How can this potentially help or hurt the economy and our citizens?