On Wednesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during a press conference that unemployed Floridians receiving unemployment benefits only have until the end of May to continue receiving them, without proving they are looking for work.
CBS Miami reported that DeSantis said that now that Florida is reopened there are ample opportunities for Floridians to find employment, and residents who are able to work need to do so.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has delivered a message to his state’s unemployed residents: Either start looking for a job, or you’ll stop receiving unemployment benefits https://t.co/vru910Xuw4
DeSantis stressed that those who have trouble finding a job might indeed need assistance, but able-bodied people collecting benefits should be looking for work.
“But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing,” DeSantis stressed. “But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align, better.”
The Tampa Bay Times reported, “DeSantis continued to criticize the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19 precautions that have idled the cruise-ship industry in Florida.”
“Also, he said some restaurants are closing one day a week because they don’t have enough employees,” the Times noted.
The report continued, “DeSantis somewhat dismissed the premise of a question about whether people were taking advantage of changes in the unemployment system. While Florida offers low state benefits, many unemployed people also have been eligible for federal jobless aid.”
“I don’t think it’s manipulation,” DeSantis said. “You know, whatever the benefits are, people are availing themselves of it. That’s not their fault.”
As DeSantis continues to receive praise from many for resisting harsh lockdowns compared to other Democrat-dominated states, the Republican governor’s star continues to rise in the Republican Party, including widespread speculation that he could be a top contender for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, if former President Donald Trump does not run again.