Today is Aug. 1. The rent or mortgage is due, and utilities, car payments, phones and other bills are stacking up. The cushion that helped soften the impact of the economic shutdown is now gone, and with it, the wolves are at the door for those still out work.
Democrats and Republicans are still reportedly far apart in negotiations over a new stimulus package. Figures from $200 to the full $600 federal unemployment havebeen bandied, and new stimulus checks may happen. But for now, state unemployment benefits may be the only income for many.