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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: FL House rejected proposed increase to unemployment benefits


Florida House Republicans this week rejected Democratic efforts to increase our notoriously low unemployment assistance. Governor Ron DeSantis had already put a damper on the very idea that Florida might raise benefits, calling the current maximum of $275 a week for 12 weeks “fine,” and adding that classic chestnut “it is what it is,” which everyone knows is a polite way of saying “tough … cookies.” With its dependency on hospitality and tourism, Central Florida has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic with widespread, temporary closures. These industries depend on cheap labor to function, and now they want it back — but they’re having a difficult time re-filling those low-paid, non-insured jobs. House Republicans insinuate those positions are …
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The Florida House adjourned three days before the end of the session.
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Stalemate In The Florida Legislature


The Florida House packed up early, saying they couldn’t work through a stalemate with the Senate over health care funding. 90.7’s Matthew Peddie spoke with political analysts Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres about the early legislative shutdown and what’s in store for a special budget session.
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