by: Scott McCaulley
With the Branson region facing a shortage of workers as an already busy Tourism Season is set to get busier, area officials are talking the Governor Mike Parson and others in Jefferson City about adjustments to Unemployment Criteria as a better incentive for people to go back to work.
Lakes Area State Representative Brian Seitz sent a letter the Governor asking for more scrutiny of Unemployment Benefit Requests.
A press release from Rep. Seitz’s office includes an excerpt from the letter.
“It is no secret that local businesses in the state of Missouri have been, and continue to be, harmed by our broken unemployment assistance system,” said Seitz. “Local businesses in my district, specifically restaurants, are currently unable to fully staff for the coming tourist season because of the excessive generosity of federal assistance.”
Branson Mayor Larry Milton also talked about those efforts during an interview last week on KRZK’s “Ozarks Now” program.
Many area businesses have reduced hours and/or services due to a lack of people seeking jobs.