Florida residents sue DeSantis for ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits

Residents of Florida are suing the state of Florida because Governor Ron DeSantis and other state leaders have ended federally approved pandemic unemployment benefits roughly two months before the funding was set to expire.

The residents argue in the lawsuit that DeSantis cut off $1,200 a month’s worth of additional unemployment dollars “for purely partisan and political purposes.” Florida is one of nine Republican-led states that has stopped giving federal unemployment benefits to its residents late last month. Florida also now joins Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas on a list of states where residents have sued to have the cancelled unemployment dollars restored.

Judges in Indiana and Maryland have sided with the unemployed residents over the state. Lawyers representing the Florida residents said blocking the unemployment benefits robs their clients from money needed to keep their households afloat.

“Given that Florida’s unemployment compensation program pays one of the lowest benefits in the country, and is one of the shortest durations in the country, even the addition of the extra Federal payments still barely allows unemployed Floridians to pay their basic living expenses,” lawyers argued in court documents. 

The lawsuit lists out-of-work residents in Broward County as plaintiffs, all of whom say their income has suffered during the coronavirus-slammed economy. The lawsuit doesn’t give a specific figure for what residents are asking for in damages.



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