This is what Senator Rick Scott did while he was governor of Florida. This is how he fucked up our unemployment system and has created so much chaos today DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
Unemployed Floridians used to receive up to 26 weeks in benefits; Scott cut that to 12 (though the cap does rise gradually after the state’s unemployment rate exceeds 5 percent). He established a new rule requiring the program’s beneficiaries to meet with at least five prospective employers a week to retain their benefits; eliminated the options of applying for benefits over the phone or in person, forcing all laid-off Floridians to sign up through (a poorly designed, underfunded) website; and he made it easier for employers to “prove” that their laid-off workers had been fired for cause and thus did not qualify for benefits — a change employers eagerly sought as their unemployment-insurance tax rates are partly tied to how many of their former workers qualify for aid. Meanwhile, Scott retained the state’s exceptionally low weekly benefit cap, and an eligibility formula that excludes part-time and seasonal workers, even as a supermajority of U.S. states updated their formulas to include such laborers.
As a result, businesses in Florida pay an average yearly unemployment-insurance tax of $50 per employee — the lowest rate in the country, and less than one-fifth of the national average.
Another result of Scott’s changes: Florida is completely unequipped to process the deluge of unemployment-insurance claims that the coronavirus pandemic has set off.
The REPUBLICANS HAVE…
Privately, Republicans admit that the $77.9 million system that is now failing Florida workers is doing exactly what Scott designed it to do — lower the state’s reported number of jobless claims after the great recession.
“It’s a sh– sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” said one DeSantis advisor. “It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about”
A current senator and former governor of Florida leaves much to be desired when it comes to his humanity. He doesn’t have any.
The entire time he’s been in office or served in any official capacity he’s been totally self serving.
The unemployment crisis that’s stemmed from COVID 19 is the reason I’m able to see things clearly. They’ve always existed, but when times are good, nobody thinks about those who are suffering on the sidelines.
These are the people who were removed from the game of life and are sitting on the bench eagerly waiting for the coach to call them back in the game.
They are your unemployed and your uninsured. Many of them voted for Rick Scott because he made promises to them and they fell for his lies. And now that they need a particular socialist service, they are going to come head to head with the snake.
Rick Scott is that snake. He’s cunning and calculated.
I’ll give him this, he knows how to make money. He’s a somewhat savvy businessman. Yes he did get caught, or should I say, the healthcare company where he was chairman and CEO got caught up in a huge insurance scam. Basically he defrauded Medicaid and Medicare. He is A crook. There is no other way to slice it. He’s rogue. And he’s STILL in our system wiggling his slimy way down to being a senator. But I’m certain he wants to be president with his disgusting self.
In the video, in my own way, vulgar included, I go over some of his crimes and discuss My personal opinion of Rick. I’m a news blogger and give opinions on everybody and EVERYTHING that I think needs attention.
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