The Battle to be FL Governor: Jobs Plans

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - "Charlie Crist, Charlie Crist, fix unemployment!"
One they never planned on taking, until they were laid off.
Tusday September 28, dozens of people who were let go from their part-time jobs called on Governor Crist to make them eligible for unemployment benefits.
But, three months after losing his job as a mortician, George Battle's devoting every bit of energy he has to finding a new job.
Battle says, "I just say, 'Well, I will try. Whatever you want me to do. If you've got something in your office building, I can sweep the floor, I can take out the trash. I can do anything that you can create a job for me!'
But for George and more than a million others who are out of work in Florida, every attempt at landing that gig is ending in disappointment.
With legions of Floridians now unemployed, the consequences come election day could be big.
The outcome may well hinge on voter reaction to the plans candidates have to get florida back to work.
Alex Sink, Democratic candidate for Governor, says, "The whole idea is, we hire more Floridians, we put them back to work, and then they're able to go out and consume more goods, and so it would be a wash, actually."
Sink's Republican opponent, Rick Scott, is calling her record of job creation 'disastrous', but his plan relies on tax cuts, too.
George hasn't made up his mind about who he'll vote for, but he has a message for both candidates.
"Don't just get a position just to say, 'look, I want this job, I'm going to do this', and you get there and it's different!"
No matter the plan, making unemployment go down could be a monumental challenge.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    @DC - The State invests so much more than simply the retirement system. All revenues are invested. She did a horrible job properly protecting the revenue and look at the decline in services and staffing that we once had. I don't fault the state employees, I fault the one who was in charge of handling the checkbook.
  • by Alex Stinks on Sep 29, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Alex Sink as CFO (the highest fiancial officer in the state) didn't salvage the state's investments and look where we are. Not what I am looking for in a leader. I want someone who knows how to lead, knows how to generate jobs and efficiently get the job done.
  • by Elizabeth Location: TALLAHASSEE on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    Rick Scott is an outsider just like Jeff Green.Is Rick Scott going to answer the phones of consumers when times get tougher? Is Rick Scott going to go to the insurance companies,etc when Florida is ONLY for the 1% wealth? No, Rick Scott is the 1% wealth. Alex Sink works for the citizens of Fla. Rick Scott owes HCA Hospitals that only takes INSURANCE when you are sick,then charges three times the amount
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    The thing about Rick Scott is he wants to cut 8500 state jobs which does what?? Creates more unemployed.
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