Florida Governor Ron DeSantis once again shows what leadership of a State, which includes fiduciary responsibility, and responsibility to its citizens, looks like.
As I reported a few weeks back, over 16 governors—including one Democrat, chose to rescind their COVID-19 unemployment enhancement benefits, in order to encourage people to get back to work. This was met with great hue and cry from the “Living Wage” proponents. I’m still looking for the definition of what a “living wage” is, and how does it differ from a dead one.
Inquiring minds want to know.
DeSantis’ response came a week later, but he allowed the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (their department that handles employment assistance and unemployment benefits) to take the lead on announcing the change.
From a May 24, 2021 local WCTV Tallahassee piece:
DEO Secretary Dane Eagle says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ leadership helped Florida’s economy bounce back from the pandemic.
“Florida’s employers are also seeing employment growth, as more Floridians, including some who completely left the workforce, are now eagerly reentering the workforce,” Eagle says. “Transitioning away from this benefit will help meet the demands of small and large businesses who are ready to hire and expand their workforce.”
Here are the keys: DeSantis empowered a competent Secretary to run this segment of the state government, and; DeSantis paid attention to the engines of his state’s economy and the people who drive it. Emphasis on people.
POLITICO’s announcement that DeSantis dropped the federal UI enhancement was a tad deceptive, written as though DeSantis had made a knee-jerk response, when it was anything but. They also wanted to give voice to the supporters encouraging a permanent underclass, rather than encouraging independence and sweat equity.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration on Monday officially announced it was withdrawing from a federal pandemic assistance program that offered a $300-per-week boost to state unemployment benefits.
The extra benefits have prompted some controversy as Florida’s post-pandemic economy bounces back. Republicans and business groups have argued that companies — especially in the low wage hospitality industry — are struggling to fill openings because the state’s $275-per-week maximum jobless
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