With no indications from Washington DC that the President or Congressional leaders recognize how the $300 unemployment premium is exacerbating the labor shortage, a number of governors around the country are taking action on their own to help get their citizens back to work. As of this writing, no fewer than 12 governors – coincidentally all republicans – have announced plans to halt the payment of the $300 UI bonus over the course of the next 4-6 weeks. beginning next week in Ohio (May 23). As we told you last week, Montana is transitioning to a $1200 “back-to-work” bonus instead and Tennessee is stopping the bonus on July 3 and capping unemployment at 12 weeks. But now, we also learn that Missouri (June 12) will stop the bonus as will Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming. At the same time, still others – with democrat as well as republican governors – are resurrecting the work search requirement that was waived by the federal government last year. These include Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Vermont. We’ll have to watch the results closely to determine if dropping the bonus is enough to get workers back on the job.