FL R's ignite fury by admitting they purposefully mangled state UnEmpl

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‘Monsters!’ Florida Republicans ignite fury by admitting they purposefully mangled state unemployment system

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April 3, 2020

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Travis Gettys

Republicans admitted Florida’s unemployment system was “designed to fail” — and then whined about their election chances now that the system was overwhelmed by thousands of suddenly jobless people.

The U.S. economy collapsed under the weight of the coronavirus outbreak that’s nowhere near abating, and Florida Republicans are forming a circular firing squad now that unemployed workers are finding the “Connect” system was purposefully designed to discourage new claims to keep jobless numbers down.

“Everyone we talk to in that office when we ask them what happened tells us, ‘the system was designed to fail,’” one adviser to Gov. Ron DeSantis told Politico. “That’s not a problem when unemployment is 2.8 percent, but it’s a problem now. And no system we have can handle 25,000 people a day.”

The system was implemented by former Gov. Rick Scott, now a GOP senator, and the state’s Republican-led legislature, which promised business groups Connect would grant them tax breaks while delivering just $275 in unemployment benefits to jobless workers for a maximum of 12 weeks.

To continue: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/monsters-florida-republicans-ignite-fury-by-admitting-they-purposefully-mangled-state-employment-system/

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KennsWoods formerly kentrees

According to local news (Orlando) 1.15 MILLION attempts to contact unemployment this past week, about 150K answered. And the real fertilizer will hit the ventilator next week, so far as unemployment numbers go.

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Repubs, they have the minus touch. It's definitely the Trumpublican party now 100% as his incompetence rubs off on all of them.

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Joaniepoanie

Make that Trumpublicants or Trumpublicons——take your pick—-they’re both accurate.

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Cindy Outter

"And the real fertilizer will hit the ventilator next week,", LOL, worth to copy.... , thank you for the laughs during this stressful time.

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elvis

The OP title is a load.

From the OP link:

“This is horrible for people. I don’t want to minimize that,” one DeSantis adviser told POLITICO. “But if we have to look past the crisis, it’s bad for the president and it’s bad for the governor.”

“Everyone we talk to in that office when we ask them what happened tells us, ‘the system was designed to fail,’” the adviser said. “That’s not a problem when unemployment is 2.8 percent, but it’s a problem now. And no system we have can handle 25,000 people a day.”

Really, an unnamed "advisor" said that "everyone" they talk to tells them the system was designed to fail? Not a credible source.

And what exactly does "the system was designed to fail" mean? Please explain.

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Ziemia(6a)

The system wasn't designed with sufficient capability to handle a heavy demand. It had known limitations when put into action.


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loonlakelaborcamp(3 A/B)

The system was not designed for THIS number in a week. Of course it will fail.

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maifleur03

“But if we have to look past the crisis, it’s bad for the president and it’s bad for the governor.” no mention of how bad it is for the unemployed or the rest of the citizens of the state with other systems that were also designed to fail.

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elvis

Thank you, Ziemia and Loon.

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Ziemia(6a)

Other states, however, did have more robust systems & experienced less dramatic problems, if any. They included some extra capacity, to have a buffer to support their taxpayers in dire times.

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maddie260

Karma is a b...h!

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maddie260

I’ve read lots on this: designed to fail so that Florida’s unemployment stats would ALWAYS be low. This worked for republiCONS. Game OVER.

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loonlakelaborcamp(3 A/B)

What states didn't crash? Even ND did!

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maddie260

^^^Florida vs ND? What state was DESIGNED to fail by republiCON Rick Scott? So that unemployment numbers would look good in Florida? There are differences among the states. Some states crashed due to numbers of people applying. Florida was DESIGNED TO CRASH, no matter the number of people applying.

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Toby

For those unable to understand how former governor now Senator Scott screwed the unemployed worker and helped out his business buddies, the hyperlinked Politico article in the OP is a bit more comprehensive.

This is what "business-friendly" means to a Republican. It's not a win-win situation for business and workers. It's predatory and it's been this way since the time of the robber barons, who labor fought so hard against for workers' rights. Workers who vote GOP are voting against their own best interests.

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jerzeegirl (FL zone 9B)(9b)

It's the headline in today's Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Fruitless fight with broken state system has many questioning DeSantis' priorities.

The most apparent hole in what passes for a state safety net is DEO's CONNECT system, beset by problems since it was launched in 2013 under former Gov. Rick Scott, now a US Senator.

Floridas unemployment benefits are among the lowest in the national - $275 a week. And, along with No. Car., they are the shortest in the country (12 weeks).

Changes made by Rick Scott and the Republican controlled Florida Legislature in 2011 slashed payments and reduced the number of weeks people could qualify. It was estimated to save businesses $2.3 billion between 2011 and 2020, largely by reducing the number of people who successfully applied for unemployment benefits.

State auditors for YEARS have found problems with the CONNECT system. Still, state lawmakers and both DeSantis and Scott did nothing to attempt to correct these issues. Most involve technical glitches, computer crashes, a need for password resets, and unresponsive phone-help-lines that effectively keep people from completing applications.

DeSantis' is pretty heartless.

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jerzeegirl (FL zone 9B)(9b)

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.”

Republican Party of Florida chairman Joe Gruters was more succinct: “$77 million? Someone should go to jail over that.”

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Indeed- as anyone who has spent any time on our state's UE website will be able to testify.

The lucky ones are those who managed to jump through all the flaming hoops early on in this debacle. There are reports of people waiting up to 12 hours on hold when trying to call.

Seems that the chickens of GOP stinginess towards working folks are coming home to roost now.

And the feeble attempts to defend this cluster of a system are just pathetic.

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Nana H

Are all those suffering job loss in Florida Democrats...not likely. Florida will be a State to watch in November.

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Gizmo

“The web page has been a disaster,” Berman said. “Some people are two months unemployed and haven’t received one check.”

As of Thursday, 45.5 percent of those filing claims
had been paid.

Thank you DeSantis


Coronavirus Florida: More criticism and details on unemployment benefits

By
Christine Stapleton
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200501/coronavirus-florida-more-criticism-and-details-on--unemployment-benefits
Posted May 1, 2020 at 6:41 AM
Updated May 1, 2020 at 6:04 PM


In its ongoing efforts to clarify confusion about applying for state and federal unemployment benefits, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released additional instructions on its website on Thursday.

Still,
confusion about eligibility, benefit amounts and - most important -
when checks would be cut were clearly still on the minds of constituents
who called in to U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel’s virtual town hall on Thursday
night.

“The problem is not you but it was the web page,” Frankel
told one caller. “Only the governor can fix this, and I know he’s trying
to do that and we’ve been urging him on.”

State Sen. Lori Berman, also online with Frankel, also weighed in.

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“The web page has been a disaster,” Berman said. “Some people are two months unemployed and haven’t received one check.”

The
improved instructions DEO posted on its website provide long-awaited
guidance for jobless workers who are not eligible for state benefits,
including gig workers, self employed or contract employees, can apply
for benefits from the the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Congress created three new unemployment benefit programs for workers who lost their jobs or whose hours were reduced because of the coronavirus
pandemic. Florida signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor
on March 28 to access federal funds to help administer these three
programs:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is
for anyone laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic. The FPUC provides
$600/week for up to 16 weeks from the date you applied (retroactive to
March 29) to anyone eligible to receive state unemployment benefits.


Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation for anyone receiving
Florida state unemployment benefits. PEUC provides 13 additional weeks
of state benefits fully funded by the federal government.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is for workers who are otherwise ineligible for state unemployment
benefits, including gig workers, self-employed or independent
contractors, workers without sufficient work history and workers who run
out of unemployment benefits. PAU provides up to 39 weeks of benefits
at the state maximum $275/week from the date you applied (retroactive to
January 27) as well as $600/week for up to 16 weeks.

As for
unemployment benefits paid by the state, employees - except gig workers,
self-employed and independent contractors - who are laid off or
furloughed due to the pandemic are eligible for:

– Up to $275/week for 12 weeks of state-benefits effective from the date of application;

– 13 additional weeks of federally-funded PEUC benefits at the state rate after state benefits run out and;

– $600/week of federally-funded FPUC benefits for up to 16 weeks from the date of application, retroactive to March 29.

>>DeSantis reopens most of state but not Palm Beach, Broward and Dade

Florida law also requires an additional 13 weeks of state-funded benefits if unemployment rises above 10.5%.

Workers impacted by the pandemic who believe they may be eligible for state and/or federal benefits must complete an application for state unemployment.

DEO also provided on its website a chart that explains the application process and benefits payable for different types of workers in various scenarios.

Problems
encountered by jobless workers seeking benefits have been compounded by
the labyrinth of technical maneuvers required to navigate the DEO’s
online application and payment system, called CONNECT, and the
hours-long wait time callers endure when they attempt to call the DEO.

A
tsunami of over 2 million claims has overwhelmed the CONNECT program,
which has been dogged with glitches since the state spent over $60
million on the program in 2011. CONNECT is unavailable at night to
process claims.

A 2017 audit of the system found 15 problems that
needed attention. A 2019 follow up found that many of the findings had
not been corrected. As of Thursday, 45.5 percent of those filing claims
had been paid.

cstapleton@pbpost.com

@StapletonPBPost


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