TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – As some Kansans proceed to face monetary hurdles, Dr. Donna Ginther, an financial and social coverage researcher on the College of Kansas, mentioned she fears the worst is but to come back.
“January goes to be bleak in a lot of methods,” Ginther mentioned in an interview Thursday.
The unemployment price in Kansas is again on the rise at 5.6%, resulting in many frustrated claimants. This has led to extra meals and housing insecurity, with greater than one-third of Kansas households with kids not with the ability to make hire, Ginther mentioned.
With out some forbearance on foreclosures and evictions, the state might even see a homeless disaster, in line with Ginther. She famous that a part of that’s linked to the top of the financial stimulus applications. A brand new stimulus invoice is required to get folks the assistance they want, she mentioned.
“Issues aren’t good. It’s time for Congress and the president to get their act collectively, and assist the American folks,” Ginther mentioned.
When speaking in regards to the future struggles the state might should face in 2021, Ginther mentioned lack of assist from the federal authorities might result in rising unemployment, with the state probably having to put off extra employees with out means to supply compensation.
Ginther additionally defined that a big a part of the issue has come from the well being disaster the state is dealing with from the coronavirus pandemic.
As instances proceed to increase, she mentioned that extra issues are on the horizon.
“COVID-19 is more likely to worsen earlier than it will get higher,” Ginther mentioned, explaining that there’s nonetheless potential for a potential surge in instances in the course of the vacation season.
After Thanksgiving, state well being officers mentioned they noticed less spread of the virus than anticipated, noting that the state noticed a reproductivity issue of 0.97%.
“If it’s one or decrease, it’ll finally burn out and it’ll go away,” mentioned state well being secretary Dr. Lee Norman throughout a press convention on Tuesday.
Norman additionally mentioned that whereas the “general” pattern line for the state seems to be steadily reducing, it’s essential for Kansans to proceed adhering to security protocols over the vacations, like social distancing and avoiding massive gatherings. That is one of the simplest ways to remain on observe with fixing the financial system, Ginther mentioned.
Having a vaccine is one other “device” for use to fight the virus, Ginther additionally mentioned, as extra Kansans retreat from social actions for worry of their well being.
“We have to have the funds to allow the state to have the ability to vaccinate folks in order that we are able to restore financial exercise,” Ginther mentioned.
Ginther warned that the financial disaster plaguing the state might get higher, however the well being disaster needs to be solved first.