Florida Governor Ron DeSantis opposes plan to increase state unemployment benefits by $ 275 per week

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis put the brakes on Florida’s hike in unemployment benefits, calling the current maximum of $ 275 per week a “fine” at a press conference on Friday.

DeSantis balked at increasing the paltry amounts of state unemployment benefits when asked about a bipartisan effort by the legislature to raise them to a maximum of $ 375.

“Increased benefits? Said DeSantis. “Well no. … Our unemployment is what it is, it’s good.

For the record, only three states in the entire United States offer a lower maximum weekly benefit than Florida: Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arizona. Florida’s benefits (in non-pandemic times) are running out faster than any other state. The state offers 12 weeks of payments, two full months less than anywhere else in the Union. A recent analysis of average unemployment benefits relative to the cost of living found Florida to be the last throughout the United States.

The maximum payment a Floridian could receive per week, outside of the expanded payments being rolled out for the coronavirus pandemic, is $ 275. This is less than Governor DeSantis earns in 5 hours of work, taking into account only his state government salary.

Orange County had the second highest unemployment rate in all of Florida in February

Orange County had the second highest unemployment rate in all of Florida in February

By Melissa Perez-Carrillo


Central Florida has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, suffering mass unemployment as the tourism industry collapses. Orange and Osceola County have consistently been neck and neck for the state’s worst unemployment rates, even as other areas have recovered.

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