Gov. Ducey's "Back To Work" Program Widely Praised

News Release

May 13, 2021

The word on the street is Wow!

It didn't take long for Governor Ducey's "Back To Work" program
to earn praise in Arizona and beyond. Announced earlier today, the program means an end to the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. Instead it will offer one-time bonuses to returning workers, along with child care support, educational opportunities and rental assistance. 

Governor Ducey's program will help Arizonans connect with job opportunities and support employers looking to fill positions. Here's what people across the state have to say about the program:

Greater Phoenix Chamber Of Commerce

"The Greater Phoenix Chamber commends Governor Ducey’s (@dougducey) commitment to getting Arizonans back to work. We are pleased to see that when eligible workers return to the workplace, they will receive a $2,000 bonus as an incentive to help revive our economy. Arizona continues to lead the way in recovering stronger than ever." (5/13/21)

National Federation Of Independent Business - Arizona

"Arizona small businesses applaud the governor's action on this. NFIB's latest Small Business Economic Trends report showed a record 44% of small-business owners unable to fill open positions, and overly generous UI benefits one of the reasons." (5/13/21)

Tempe Chamber Of Commerce

"NEWS: Gov. @dougducey announces "Arizona Back to Work" plan to help fill job demand. 
➡️ $2K Back to Work bonus for eligible workers
➡️ $7.5M for Comm College scholarships 
➡️ 3 months of childcare assistance" (5/13/21)

AZ Family: Gov. Ducey Announces End Of Federal Payments For Enemployed Arizonans

"Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Twitter Thursday morning that effective July 10, the state will no longer take federal money for supplemental unemployment benefits. Ducey said instead, the state will offer one-time bonuses to returning workers, along with child care support, educational opportunities, and rental assistance." (5/13/21)

Arizona Small Business Association

"We applaud the Governor's plan to support Arizonans getting back to work, and fill the thousands of jobs available across the state. We know countless businesses across the state are ready to hire, and the Back to Work program will ensure Arizona's continued economic recovery!" (5/13/21)

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls

"Thank you Gov. Ducey for taking significant proactive steps to get Arizona workers back on the job! Employers shouldn't have to compete with a temporary program that is no longer needed." (5/13/21)

Arizona Chamber Of Commerce And Industry

"As of March there were 160,000 jobs ready to fill in Arizona. We applaud Governor @dougducey for his comprehensive plan to help Arizonans get back to work & keep our economy booming: $2,000 return to work bonus, Childcare incentives, Education incentives, Housing assistance" (5/13/21)

Home Builders Association Of Central Arizona

"We applaud the Governor for creating an incentive for individuals to get back to work. The residential construction industry welcomes any new workers. Many of our members are willing to train new employees with the skills to help provide shelter for Arizona families." (5/13/21)  

ABC15: Gov. Ducey Announces $2,000 Incentive To Get Arizonans Back To Work

"The state will cover a one-time bonus of $2,000 to eligible individuals who return to the workforce and get a full-time job, while those who return part-time will receive $1,000." (5/13/21)

Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO Sandra Watson

"Arizona's economy is surging. Jobs are plentiful. Our labor force is back to pre-pandemic levels. And vaccines continue to be widely available. Arizonans are ready to get back to work! Gov @dougducey continues to lead to keep our economy and state strong." (5/13/21)

Jonathon Lines, Yuma

"Jobs are everywhere in #Arizona , we are OPEN. As a small business owner the leadership from @dougducey is critical to our combined success as a state. Thank you Governor!" (5/13/21)

KTAR: Arizona Ending Federal Unemployment Booster, Offering Return-To-Work Bonus

"Arizona is also providing $7.5 million for community college scholarships for eligible unemployed workers and $6 million for GED test preparation and exam fees for those without a high school diploma." (5/13/21)

Arizona Trucking Association

"Start a new career today. We've got plenty of high paying jobs in the trucking industry." (5/13/21)

Chelsea McGuire, Arizona Farm Bureau

"For months, my members have been telling me how hard-hit their businesses are by the inability to find employees. This holistic approach to getting people back to work is extremely good news for them and for all of Arizona. Thank you, Gov. @dougducey!" (5/13/21)

Americans For Prosperity - Arizona State Director Stephen Shadegg

"These supplemental unemployment benefits are making it harder for small businesses to hire people and are hindering our economic recovery. Paying some people more on unemployment than they made working full-time, even as their jobs are in demand, is counterproductive to recovery. We thank Governor Ducey for helping Arizona families and businesses recover and get back on their feet." (5/13/21)

Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist

"One of the best Governors in the United States. Tax cuts. Ended civil asset forfeiture without a criminal conviction. Legalized telemedicine. Now recognizes occupational licenses from other states. Right to try. Protected independent contractors. Strong on property rights." (5/13/21)

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