During the update today (April 16) from the Indiana Statehouse, it was announced that Hoosiers who typically don’t qualify for unemployment insurance may be able to start applying next week.
Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne said workers who are self-employed, independent contractors and economy gig workers, who usually are not eligible for unemployment benefits, could possibly start applying by Friday, April 24.
Payne said that’s the department’s target date to have a new system online for these Hoosiers to apply for this assistance. He added the target date for dispersing theses benefits is Monday, May 4.
These workers will be eligible for the same $600 per week benefit that other Hoosiers who have filed for unemployment benefits will start receiving next week.
Today, an additional 41 deaths of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the state’s total to 477 fatalities. An additional 611 people tested positive, with 51,115 individuals now being tested statewide.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said more than 70,400 voters have requested an absentee ballot for the primary election, now scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.
Lawson said any voter can request an absentee ballot between now and May 21 by contacting their county clerk’s office. Hoosiers can also visit indianavoters.com to print a form, request a ballot and then mail in that form to the clerk’s office.
The state is requesting $7.9 million federal funding in personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to help counties safely have polling sites. Early voting can still take place. Lawson said this could help keep crowds smaller on June 2.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said right now the earliest the state would re-open would be early May. He added Indiana and bordering states signed an agreement to keep each other informed regarding plans and actions to re-open.
The IRS has added a resource to its website to help people who qualify for a federal stimulus payment to have the funds deposited into their bank accounts. At irs.gov/coronavirus, residents who do not file a tax return, do not receive a tax refund via direct deposit or need to update their banking information with the IRS can do so.
The process takes less than five minutes. Individuals who have given their up-to-date bank information to the IRS are expected to receive their funds quicker than people who will receive their payments in the mail.