On Monday, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and other business groups urged leaders to cancel the program, arguing that some companies were struggling because they couldn’t find enough skilled workers.

Around 231,000 Georgians are receiving unemployment benefits, but companies found that companies have reported more than 400,000 vacancies in the past 90 days.

“Retailers cannot keep certain items in stock and factory orders are piling up,” said the letter, in which a number of trade and industry associations are also represented. “Because they cannot find a workforce, companies are turning down orders, raising prices, and some are even considering closing permanently.”

State Senator Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, also called on Kemp to end the benefits through an executive order and possibly a special legislative period later this summer.

“This is a pivotal moment in our state and immediate, courageous action is required,” wrote Gooch, a senior Republican in the Senate.

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