Oregon hopes to start paying $300 weekly unemployment bonus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon hopes to start paying a new, $300 weekly unemployment bonus in the next few weeks, providing a financial boost to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who had benefits cut by at least half at the end of July. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state said earlier this week it would seek the funds, authorized by President Donald Trump in an executive order. The money replaces a $600 weekly unemployment bonus Congress authorized in March. That money expired last month and Congress is deadlocked over a possible extension.