The opportunity to continue collecting $300 weekly pandemic-assistance unemployment checks from Washington rather than return to work is proving too much of a temptation for many Kentucky workers to resist.

“Like so many government-assistance programs, cash payments are a one-size-fits-all approach that is now hindering what could be a remarkable economic recovery in the state,” said Michael Thornberry of Lexington’s Powell Valley Millwork.

Jim Waters is president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Read previous columns at He can be reached at and @bipps on Twitter.