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Florida became the latest Republican state to announce that it will opt out of a federal program that boosted unemployment benefits by $300 a week amid a growing debate about whether the sweetened aid is deterring Americans from returning to work.
The Department of Economic Opportunity announced Monday that Florida will stop participating in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program – which provided an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits – beginning June 27.
Florida will continue to participate in two separate programs that provide jobless benefits to gig workers and others typically not eligible for benefits and extend state unemployment benefits once they have been exhausted.
“Transitioning away from this benefit will help meet the demands of small and large businesses who are ready to hire and expand their workforce,” DEO executive director Dane Eagle said in a statement.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have also said they will drop out of the program this summer.
The new measures come in light of the Labor Department’s April payroll report, which revealed the economy added just 266,000 jobs last month – sharply missing the 1 million forecast by Refinitiv economists. GOP lawmakers were quick to blame the extra unemployment aid for the lackluster job growth, although experts have also cited a lack of child care and fears of contracting COVID-19 for the hiring shortage.
There remain about 8.2 million fewer jobs than there were in February 2020, before the pandemic shut down broad swaths of the nation’s economy. Florida’s unemployment rate, at 4.8%, represents about 487,000 jobless Americans out of a workforce of roughly 10 million.
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DESANTIS BANS 'VAXPORTS': Florida Governor Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Passports
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday that effectively bans businesses from requiring CoVID vaccine passports for customers hoping to frequent their establishments.
“Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon,” posted the Republican on Twitter.
Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
DeSantis signed a series of regulations this week that will shield local businesses from CoVID liabilities. Without the law, owners could potentially be sued by customers and employees for new infections on their premises.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” said DeSantis on so-called “Vaccine Passports.”
“You want to go to a movie theater, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game, a theme park? No. So we’re not supportive of that,” he added.
“Florida businesses soon won’t be able to screen customers based on whether they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday, even as he signed a bill designed to shield companies from pandemic-related lawsuits,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.
“Can you use your concealed weapons permit and walk onto a Disney property?” asked one critic of the new law. “Can you go into the Magic Kingdom carrying your gun? No. … In Florida the law allows you to have a permit, but private property rights trump that. There’s plenty of restaurants and bars and all sorts of businesses in Florida [that state] ‘No shoes, no shirt, no service,’ because that’s their private property. How the hell is Ron DeSantis going to tell Disney that they can’t require vaccination passports should they want to do so?”
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DeSANTIS BLASTS MEDIA: Your Coverage is ‘Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, It’s a Fake Narrative’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called-out the mainstream media over the weekend for promoting a “false narrative” over his handling of the Sunshine State’s CoVID vaccine rollout.
“What you’re saying is wrong, that’s a fake narrative. I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County, I said ‘Here are the options,’” said De Santis.
“It’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative. You don’t care about the facts. I laid it out for you in a way that’s irrefutable. You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” he added.
Watch DeSantis’ comments above.