Hawley plan would keep workers employed even as they shelter. Makes sense.

A Republican junior senator wants government to essentially pay businesses to keep their employees on the payroll even as they shelter at home.

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Opinion

April 21, 2020 - 8:13 AM

One of the most bold yet sensible ideas to address the twin crises America faces to its health and economy is coming from, of all sources, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. The Republican junior senator wants government to essentially pay businesses to keep their employees on the payroll even as they shelter at home — a logical alternative to the approach thus far, which has been primarily to aid those employees after they’re laid off.

This newspaper has leveled plenty of criticism at Hawley for his stances on health care, presidential oversight and other issues, but this idea is a sound one that deserves strong consideration.

America’s unprecedented attempt to control a pandemic by shuttering businesses across the nation and sending their employees home appears to be working, with new coronavirus cases and fatalities leveling off in some hot spots. The most dire predictions of the total death toll have been adjusted downward.

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