MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Organizations are calling on lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits to high school students before Minnesota’s special session ends.
Organizers behind the Don’t Forget Us campaign want students 16 and older to get temporary unemployment benefits if they’ve been laid off.READ MORE: 2 Killed After Small Plane Crashes Next To Northwest Wisconsin Home
Marcus Pope, vice president of Youthprise, says Minnesota is one of the only states where high school students are excluded.READ MORE: 3 Families Displaced By Northeast Minneapolis Triplex Fire
“We have a diverse range of high school students that are using their income for various kind of life-sustaining, practical needs. This isn’t just about pocket change,” Pope said. “This is about young people who are working to really meet the needs of themselves and their families during this pandemic.”
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