Panel Proposes Cutting Florida Unemployment Costs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor-elect Rick Scott's economic
development transition team has recommended cutting off
unemployment compensation for jobless Floridians who don't spend
enough time looking for work.

The panel Wednesday also suggested that they be required to do
community work if they can't find jobs after 12 weeks.

Those are among recommendations designed to reduce unemployment
compensation costs.

Florida employers are facing a major increase in the tax they
pay into the program due to Florida's high unemployment rate. It's
been just under 12 percent for the last few months.

Minimum rates are set to go up from $25.20 per employee this
year to $72.10 in 2011.

Businesses are lobbying lawmakers to curtail that increase.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by In slaved on Dec 24, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    If you have work in the community that needs to be done, then put us on the paroll and give us a job. But it sounds to me like the CEO has found an ultimate plan to reduce his payrol cost, free labor. You are going to fire people and then have them come back to work for you at no charge? Are you kidding me?
  • by me Location: all over fl. on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    at some time you have to stop paying people for doing nothing.we should require some work for the state county or city for these checks clean up our area pay them but work them outher wise it's welfare and call it that instead of unemployment!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    As long as we have a socialist in the WH, businesses will keep hording their cash. I can't blame them.
  • by uneployed Location: fla on Dec 23, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    it will coust millions to set up an agency to regulate this. maby someof the state workersthat got apinkslip for doing nothing can take this job at alower salery ofcourse. but what the heak that is life.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Based on what is reported, corporations are collectively hoarding billions in cash assets and can afford to hire people or easily pay the increased unemployment "tax". It is a better benefit to society and the state for people to work and earn a living. Just as I want to work has just said in the previous post people need and want jobs.
  • by I want to work Location: Tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    I have been trying for over a year to find a job, and would certainly take anything as long as its legal and doable. In this time I have had two (2) interviews which did not result in a job offer. I have applied for about 375 jobs. We the people want to have jobs created so that we can work. Yes unemployment is high but what about the unemployed who are not drawing unemployment benefits. That makes the so called unemployment numbers about twice what they report. Yes it does take money to look for a job too. I guess when the State has about 2 million homeless residents which is were we are headed they can just line us up and do us in. Sounds like government at work again.
  • by SFC BERRY Location: TALLY on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    FINALLY, STOP GIVING THESE PEOPLE FREE MONEY FOR NOTHING. THIS IS A GOOD THING FOR THE STATE
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