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PSC staff recommendation: It’s okay to cut off power to delinquent customers during COVID

Florida’s investor-owned utilities should be free to cut off power to delinquent customers — which could mean more than 1 million people — despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a recommendation by the staff of the Public Service Commission (PSC). Three staff members who analyzed the situation concluded an emergency moratorium is “unnecessary” and … Continue reading PSC staff recommendation: It’s okay to cut off power to delinquent customers during COVID

Floridians face unpaid utility bills & power cutoffs; attorneys push for relief

Roughly 1 million Floridians have been unable to pay utility bills during COVID 19 and fear power disconnections this month that could shut down air-conditioning, lights and appliances, making homes unlivable. Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, has petitioned Florida utility regulators to impose a 90-day moratorium on such cutoffs, saying many families will be forced from their homes.

Our Stories: “The Unemployed Mermaid,” a Disney/DEO parody

Unemployed Florida actress Alea Figueroa shares her personal struggles with DEO and deals with her frustration in the best way she knows: in a film parody of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” who loses her voice in pursuit of her dreams. In an interview with WESH-TV, Figueroa said she didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be … Continue reading Our Stories: “The Unemployed Mermaid,” a Disney/DEO parody

Work search, registration, and waiting week waived til December 5, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020. Additionally, the waiting week requirement will be waived through December 5, 2020.

New Florida moratorium on evictions & foreclosures will only help some

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued another last-day-of-the-month moratorium on evictions and foreclosures Monday night, but unlike the last extension in late July, it offers limited and very targeted relief. DeSantis extended the eviction moratorium until Oct. 1, 2020, but quietly changed the wording. Housing experts told the Florida Phoenix the moratorium will help many tenants … Continue reading New Florida moratorium on evictions & foreclosures will only help some

Former chief of FL’s faulty unemployment system quits his job

It’s official. Ken Lawson, head of the state agency that ran Florida’s faulty unemployment system, quit on Monday. He had been secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity since January 2019 but held a reduced role there since this spring. Lawson came under fire in April when his department’s unemployment system proved woefully unable … Continue reading Former chief of FL’s faulty unemployment system quits his job

Finally, DeSantis applies for $300 federal supplement for the jobless

After 32 states enrolled to provide a $300 federal weekly supplement for the jobless, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday decided to participate in the program. The $300, provided from disaster relief funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “should be able to” get about three weeks of benefits from the program, but may be … Continue reading Finally, DeSantis applies for $300 federal supplement for the jobless

Dems demand special legislative session as jobless rate rises & workers suffer

As a dire portrait of joblessness emerges in the state, Florida Democrats in the Senate are demanding, again, that Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican leaders convene a special session of the Legislature. “The Legislature has sat on the sidelines of this emergency for too long. … I’m not comfortable in the least with continuing to … Continue reading Dems demand special legislative session as jobless rate rises & workers suffer

July 2020 unemployment rate is up to 11.3%

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.3 percent in July 2020, up 1.0 percentage point from the revised June 2020 rate, and up 8.2 percentage points from a year ago. There were 1,125,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,975,000.  The U.S. unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in July.  Florida’s seasonally adjusted total … Continue reading July 2020 unemployment rate is up to 11.3%

Jobless protest end of $600 unemployment supplement

Workers in Miami protested Friday against losing federal Unemployment Insurance benefits of $600 weekly that jobless people were receiving in the pandemic economy due to massive job losses. The four-month-old supplement ended Friday, with partisan fighting in Congress failing to create a replacement. The U.S. Department of Labor reports nearly 32 million Americans are out … Continue reading Jobless protest end of $600 unemployment supplement