CARSON CITY, NV - August 25, 2020
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement after granting authorization to the State Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to start the application process for the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) created by President Donald Trump.
“I want to do everything I can to ensure Nevadans get much needed help with unemployment benefits during this historically difficult time, which is why I authorized DETR to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program – the only option for additional federal assistance that is currently available. However, just because it’s the only option does not mean it’s the best option".
I remain disappointed that the President and the Senate Majority did not come to the table to negotiate an extension of the fully federally funded unemployment program at a time when State and local governments are facing severe budget shortfalls and many workers are jobless through no fault of their own. So while I am grateful that the LWA program will provide assistance to some Nevadans, this new, short term benefit is simply not enough to sufficiently help all those who need it.
Upon approval of the application, I know DETR will do everything it can to efficiently implement this program and provide eligible Nevadans with these benefits. In the meantime, I will continue working with our federal delegation to advocate for more robust and fully federally funded unemployment support, in addition to the passage of a full aid package that helps states fight this virus and address the unprecedented fiscal and economic crises we are facing.”