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Gov. Bill Lee faces class action lawsuit over terminated Tenn. jobless benefits

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne ) -- A class action lawsuit was filed this week against the State of Tennessee seeking to force the restart federal pandemic unemployment aid.

Gov. Bill Lee terminated the extra $300 a week in federal benefits July 3 saying the money was encouraging workers to remain off the job.

Tennessee is one of 26 Republican led states to end the special pandemic aid early.

Fox Business notes that similar lawsuits have been filed in several states. Courts in Indiana and Maryland have forced those states to resume providing the federal aid.

President Biden has indicated he plans to end the federal program in September.

Mike Osborne is the News Director for WMOT and can be heard on-air daily.