Florida Governor Thinks Unemployed Need Less Benefits


Florida Governor Rick Scott has been a boon to the businesses of the state ever since he entered office.  With his unprecedented plans to cut business taxes despite the state’s budget crisis and many businesses making record profits, Scott has worked hard to give the corporations every wish on their list.

Now, one more perk for businesses has been signed into law — the Florida plan to cut the amount of state unemployment benefits workers can receive after a layoff.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the maximum amount of unemployment benefits that a former employee can receive from the state is 23 week, three weeks shy of the former maximum and national standard of 26 weeks, or half a year.  Should the unemployment rate for the state dip below 10.5 percent, the state will begin cutting off weeks, going as low as 12 week, or not even three months, if the rate is under 5 percent.

The state is also mandating a “skills” review before receiving benefits, registration with a career services center, and a minimum of five “prospective employer contacts” per week to continue receiving the aid.

The state already passed legislation making it more difficult to initially collect unemployment, allowing companies to go as far as to fire and refuse benefits to someone they believe is acting inappropriately in their personal lives, saying it could reflect poorly on the company that employs him or her.  The new maximum benefits limit and additional sliding scale will make it even harder for those who do manage to receive benefits to find livable wage work before their time to search expires.

But what sort of compassion can you expect from a body of legislators who are forcing welfare recipients to pay for drug testing out of pocket before they can get benefits, or who respond to economic woes with “Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered?”

Dropping two weeks of state unemployment benefits is yet another cruel way to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable, but at least with the way Republicans like Scott and his colleagues are treating the economy, the chance of the unemployment rate dropping low enough for the 12 week benefit reduction plan to ever actually kick in are pretty minimal.

photo from By State of Florida (http://www.flgov.com/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


William C
William C10 months ago


W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thank you.

Cathryn C.
Cathryn C6 years ago

Oh I signed it..but it is still short of the 30K signatures it needs and then it has to get passed. I suspect it won't until the next election

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~What is wrong with the people in power, they keep beating people down that need help the most~I would love for them to live on the amount they believe is necessary~Get rid of this guy!!~

Kimberly J.
Kimberly J6 years ago

Catheryn C. Gov. Lurch was elected by less than 1% of the vote over Alex Sink. The only reason I can think that she didn't demand the recount she was entitled to was because Gov. Medicrook ran such a dirty, nasty campaign, it took everything out of her. There is a petition on the internet to recall Scott. You'll have to do a Google search for it because I don't remember the web site.

Cathryn C.
Cathryn C6 years ago

He was elected by sad to say defualt. Most people saw the other caniddates as even worse than him..and businesses were all leaning for him while firefighters, teachers and police as a whole were against. Frankly I would LOVE to hit him with a Recall.

Suzy F.
Suzy F6 years ago

How on earth do these maniacs continue to get elected? Is it the humidity? You poor Floridians haven't had a break since Jeb from what I hear.

Horrible, just horrible.

Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

Well, given that Florida is considered to be America's Wang it is no surprise that they have a total Wang for a governor this may explained the glazed expression he has in the picture. Still I suppose he couldn’t deal with those unemployment kings and queens living large on their $275 per week for 26 weeks he had to cut 6 weeks off it.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Rick Scott is the epitome of the repub mindset. He is evil.

Liz Simpson
Liz Simpson6 years ago

Insightful (and humorous!) comments from you all. As a Floridian, I am just counting the days 'til the next election. The fact that his approval ratings are in the toilet is some encouragement but the pinheads who elected him will still go to the polls the next time too. Heavy sigh.