An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Federalize Florida’s Unemployment System

12 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

Please add language to the COVID 4 relief bill to allow Florida’s Dept. of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to get help from FEMA to process every unemployment claim from March 1st, 2020 until the end of the coronavirus crisis. From Politico ( on April 3: “Now, as thousands of people try to get help, the system crashes or denies them access. Nearly 400,000 people have managed to file claims in the last two and half weeks. It’s not known how many have tried and failed… Most of those who do submit applications won’t qualify for aid, and the benefits that are paid out are among the most meager in the country — a maximum of $275 a week.” A DeSantis advisor: “Everyone we talk to in that office when we ask them what happened tells us, ‘the system was designed to fail. That’s not a problem when unemployment is 2.8 percent, but it’s a problem now. And no system we have can handle 25,000 people a day.”

First sent on April 4, 2020 by Jen Marden

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