Dismissal upheld in SC lawsuit over unemployment benefits

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit against Gov. Henry McMaster over his early exit from federal unemployment programs providing extra money to residents during the pandemic.

Justices agreed unanimously in a Wednesday opinion with a lower court’s dismissal of the suit brought by four jobless South Carolinians.

The residents had said they were still struggling to find work and wanted a judge to force McMaster to rejoin the federal programs.

A circuit judge had ruled the decision was McMaster’s to make.

The extra benefits were scheduled to run through early September but the state opted out at the end of June.

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