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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