Gov. Rick Scott shifts money from unemployment checks to corporations
May 9, 2011 - Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott is shifting state money from the unemployed to corporations. New legislation will cut benefits for the unemployed to just 23 weeks, the lowest in America. The money taken from the unemployment insurance program will be given to corporations in the form of tax cuts.
"As the National Employment Law Project pointed out, with this bill, Florida will "go further than any other state in dismantling its unemployment insurance system," according to Think Progress.
Scott suggests that cutting unemployment benefits will encourage people to go back to work. The premise implies that the unemployed are lazy and would rather collect a maximum of about $250 a week, rather than work.
Scott's concept that the unemployed are lazy does not take into account the fact that may Floridian's simply cannot find a job.
Florida has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, currently at 11.1%.