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Florida Unemployment Lawsuit Wants Federal Benefits To Return

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A trio of attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Florida’s governor and the state Department of Economic Opportunity in an effort to get the state to opt back into the $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits. 

Attorneys filed the lawsuit in Broward County Sunday afternoon on behalf of 10 residents who say they’ve faced financial struggles due to the state putting an end to federal unemployment benefits. The suit is looking to reinstate benefits for all Floridians, not just the ones named in this case.

While the federal benefits could have continued until September, state officials decided to terminate them early at the end of June. They cited a shortage in people applying for jobs as their reason. 

Florida is one of 26 states that prematurely ended federal unemployment benefits. 

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After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to WMFE, the station that grew her love for public radio. She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). While at UCF, she ... Read Full Bio »