August 22, 2021

In Florida, DeSantis cut jobless aid just as virus began terrifying new wave

Yaganeh Torbati writes:

"DAVENPORT, Fla. — By June, Meli Feliciano’s family appeared to have finally found a measure of stability after being jolted by the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. Her husband had secured a good job in construction, and she was receiving hundreds of dollars in weekly federal and state unemployment aid, giving her some breathing room while she submitted job applications each week. She kept records of it all in a pink binder that her daughter had once used in kindergarten.

That’s when calamity struck.


'An abrupt stop in that assistance really does not benefit families. It does not in any way force people back into the workforce,” said Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'And it has the effect of pushing people into poverty and feeling hopeless with no end in sight to the pandemic.'"


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