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Florida Governor Admits Unemployment System Intentionally Discourages Benefit Seekers

HeadlineAug 06, 2020

As negotiators in Washington continue to debate renewing expanded unemployment benefits during the pandemic, Florida is facing criticism for making it too hard for residents to apply for unemployment. On Wednesday, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis admitted the system was designed like that on purpose.

Gov. Ron DeSantis: “Having studied how it was internally constructed, I think the goal was — for whoever designed it, was, let’s put as many kind of pointless roadblocks along the way, so people just say, 'Oh, the hell with it. I'm not going to do that.’”

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