Florida Unemployment Now!
Dark clouds hang over 5 Million Latinos in the Sunshine State of Florida. Nearly 400,000 workers in the state have filed unemployment claims in just the last 2 ½ weeks. So many more are trying to do so that the State of Florida unemployment website crashed.
Even worse, Florida only has $77.9 million to provide unemployment benefits to everyone who has been laid off as a result of this economic crisis. Among those worst affected are Latinos in service jobs who have been laid-off or fired because of COVID-19.
Now, they’re being told the maximum a person can get is $275-a-week thanks to Sen. Rick Scott. No one can pay their bills and live on that!
Republican Party of Florida chairman Joe Gruters was more succinct: “$77 million? Someone should go to jail over that.” We could not agree more Joe!
Florida has the 3rd highest Latino population in the USA and deserves more from the $2-Trillion Stimulus Package. With hundreds of thousands of Floridians out of work, the state’s overwhelmed system is making it nearly impossible for many people to even get in line for benefits.
What happens when the unemployment program crashes and burns? The state safety net will crash and that's where it gets worse. Florida’s state revenue models are built around tourism and the sales tax. When people go from living check to check and cannot access benefits, consumer spending in the state collapses and takes state revenues with it. The state will then cut contracting and construction, deepening the employment crisis further.
Tell Your U.S. Representative and Senators Florida Needs to Ramp up Emergency Aid Now!
Call Today: (202) 224-3121
We can stand aside and let millions of people fall by the wayside because of corrupt elected officials and appointed government cronies who only care about the rich and wealthy.
Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard.
Hasta La Victoria,
LULAC National President
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/