As part of its ongoing coverage of the unemployment situation in Oklahoma, The Frontier wants to hear from people who applied for the state’s Back to Work Initiative incentive payments announced earlier this year.
When Gov. Kevin Stitt announced in May that he would cut expanded federal unemployment benefits intended to help workers who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, he said ending the payments would push more people back to work.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said it plans to drop a five-year residency requirement for people seeking to sign up for intellectual or developmental disability waiver services after being informed it was unconstitutional.
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to end the expanded benefits more than two months early has not helped Valerie Killman find a job and has only made things tougher for her family and thousands of other Oklahomans, she said.