Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is telling unemployed residents in his state that they need to be looking for a job if they want to continue receiving benefits.
The Republican governor is reinstituting a policy, suspended during the coronavirus pandemic due to high unemployment, stating that Floridians must prove they are looking for work to receive unemployment benefits from the state, according to CBS Miami.
“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said Wednesday during a news conference. “It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now —we have an abundance of job openings.”
DeSantis added that May will be the last month Floridians can collect benefits from the state without looking for work.
“We absolutely can put more people to work,” he said. “The demand is there. Business want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon.”
Also this week, DeSantis announced that the state will be sending $1,000 bonuses to every first responder who has been working during the coronavirus pandemic saying, “We’re funding the police and then some.”
DeSantis has been widely floated as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2024 or a vice-presidential candidate alongside former President Donald Trump if he decides to run again.
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