Marco Rubio joins Rick Scott, says too many of the unemployed don’t want to work

Marco Rubio Rick Scott
Is the dole a better deal than a job?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest Florida Republican to suggest that employers can’t hire because unemployment benefits are too fat.

On a Wednesday appearance on Fox and Friends, Florida’s senior Senator joined his junior colleague in expressing concern about overly attractive jobless benefits hampering the economic recovery.

“A lot of people are having trouble re-hiring workers because the workers are saying to them ‘I’m making more on unemployment,’” Rubio said. “Not everybody, most people would prefer to have a job obviously, but that’s an issue we’re hearing reports about.”

When asked, Rubio’s communications staff would not assign an actual numeric value to what “most” means, instead saying that many businesses are complaining that federal payments are more than what they pay.

Rubio followed the lead of Sen. Rick Scott in questioning whether some rendered jobless because of the pandemic and associated economic restrictions are just disincentivized to get back to work.

“If given the chance to make more on a government program than in a job, some will make the rational and reasonable decision to delay going back to work, hampering our economic recovery,” Scott, a Naples Republican and former Florida Governor, tweeted Tuesday.

The subject of Scott’s ire was a tweet from the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ noted that, with $600 of weekly pandemic unemployment assistance added to the weekly stipend for the jobless, the nation’s unemployed would bring in nearly $1,000 weekly.

“This is a big problem that I’ve been warning about for weeks now,” Scott, whose net worth is roughly $255 million at last count, added.

In an editorial for Fox News, Scott refined that argument, saying enhanced unemployment benefits mean “workers could make more money by not working than they would make if they had a job.”

Florida benefits are capped at $275 for 12 weeks, and Gov. Ron DeSantis has shown no indication to expand them. However, a $600 pandemic unemployment assistance pay out from the federal government would make that money add up to a living wage.

Such short-term security may bring comfort to the jobless. But for both Sens. Rubio and Scott, downside risks are evident in ways they aren’t to those on the ground.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ward Posey

    April 29, 2020 at 11:48 am

    “Little marco” Rubio has never worked a day in his life. Spoiled as a kid, a total scum bucket.

    • Liz

      April 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      What an idiot. Has or is he going without a check? I’m sure he and Scott cash their checks and PORK just fine

      • alison

        April 29, 2020 at 4:12 pm

        Remember how they got here in the first place ELECTED officials. Don’t cry over what you voted into office. Now we have to live with the majority voter decision. Thank you to all you voters who put these hacks in office.

        • John falzone

          May 1, 2020 at 12:13 pm

          Shame on you Marco there is virus out there people can’t go to work..the money from the Fed is helping people out of a jam. It’s. Only short term.. My aunt like your parents came from Cuba..were in a crisis now. Like Cuba the us help them Don’t forget…

      • Luis Rosado

        April 30, 2020 at 8:28 am

        Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are the biggest douchebags Florida has ever put into position Rick Scott came in he had a gold spoon Rubio came in broke and I’m truly made himself a f****** millionaire from all the backdoor deals he’s doing why can’t they turn around we take their money and give them 275 a week to see if they can survive in Florida

        • jacquelyn Weddington

          May 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm

          I agree with you . Let’s say the unemployed got 300 a week multiply by four you have the grand total of 1200 a month. Now tell me where in Florida you can rent an apartment for 600 a month buy groceries for 200 a month, pay car insurance for 100 a month, pay for health care for less than 200 a month. Or Cobra for five hundred a month and what do you have for riotous living? And yes diapers for the baby? impossible. I really believe no one should ever be elected to federal or state office unless they have done back breaking work at minimum wage or lived on unemployment for at least six months with no medical insurance with the mate and 2 children. No help from parents or friends. Oh yes let them move into government subsidised housing or hud apartments.Yes let Scott or the Rubio try it. They wouldn’t last two weeks. People like them look at people like us as the unwashed lowest of the low. They think we aren’t smart enough to recognize liars and phoneys when we hear or see them. Everyone where I work wants to go back to work including me and I am a 78 year old Montessori teacher and this idea people won’t or don’t want to return to work is beyond ignorant. I know of no one who isn’t ready to go and to go when it is safer than it is now.

        • Judith

          May 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

          Anyone who voted for Scott and is a senior citizen after knowing that this man defraud of the government I’m medical Medicare is amazing you get what you vote for here is a pig before and now he’s pig still and Marco Rubio is Justice come bucket

    • TheTruthBurns

      April 30, 2020 at 7:44 am

      And he’s a closet homo

      • James R. Miles

        April 30, 2020 at 9:16 am

        like that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT! Florida voters just seem to be in love with scum bag politicians!

        • Louise Biernesser

          May 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm

          I did not vote for either of them. I believe in protecting the environment, equality for all regardless of race, sexual identity, or nationality. Please don’t judge all of us!

      • Tim

        April 30, 2020 at 4:39 pm

        I’m a diehard Republican.. but these assoles need to fix the unemplyment system so we can apply… My business was shut down March 31st and I still havent gotten a dime of unemplyment… 6 weeks now of trying to get thru the junk system.. submitted again today who knows if there is anything left to help at this point

        • rich stratton

          May 3, 2020 at 1:52 pm

          There was fraud in the election for Scott and irregularities in
          Rubio’s. Scott won by 10k votes out of 8 million cast. Rubio by 300k out of 9 million.

        • Michele

          May 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

          I was a Republican. NO MORE.
          6 weeks unemployed and not a cent.
          Rick Scott should be in jail.
          DeSantis is just inept and follows Trump
          I give Trump credit for approving the $600 extra weekly BUT we haven’t seen a penny?

        • Brenda Stephens

          May 8, 2020 at 10:15 am

          And yet you are a “die hard Republican”? You do know the definition of insanity.

        • Barbara Hale

          May 8, 2020 at 11:00 am

          This is a perfect example of how out of in touch these people are, they talk about the unemployed as if we are peasants. There is thousands of Floridian that applied for the CARE ACT Federal unemployment benefits and haven’t received a dime. The lockdown will be lifted and I will be very happy to go back to work. But I will be trying to pay back bills I owe for the next year and my credit will be shit. That’s OK I am a Republican and if they don’t receive all the back weeks I applied for offered in the CARE ACT, I will never vote for DeSantis, Scott or Rubio again in my life time.

    • SC Durham

      April 30, 2020 at 9:28 am

      The unemployed who do not want to work are the same ones who have chosen not to work and were most probably not working before the pandemic and are negligible in numbers compared to the unemployed rate of those who lost their jobs post pandemic. DeSantis, Scott and Rubio and part of the GOP dominated cult in Florida and try to curry favor with Trump. We’ll fix that come November elections.

      • D. Harris

        April 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm

        That’s what I thought would happen last election. Face it that’s all these crackers vote for is the trumpers.

      • Carolyn Killings

        May 8, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        I certainly do hope that we can fix the issues here in Fla come November and please let’s not forget the White house

        • Barbara Hale

          May 8, 2020 at 2:53 pm

          All roads lead to President Trump, I am one of the 20% of the entire work force in Florida that is an independent contractor 1099, that the CARE ACT covered in the Federal Unemployment Benefits. Does the administration sincerely think they can win come Nov, if you have 20% of your voting block angry? I usually don’t believe poll numbers, but when you talk to everyone you know and everyone is blaming Republican leadership in Florida it’s hard not to believe Trumps is in real trouble here and he knows it but none of his advisor are smart enough to clue him in why.

          • christine

            May 12, 2020 at 12:25 am

            they’re smart enough to know that if they disagree with him they’ll be the ones unemployed.

    • Lisa

      April 30, 2020 at 9:46 am

      CARES act was signed by Trump for the unemployed. Obviously the State is trying to keep it.

      • Vanessa

        May 6, 2020 at 6:16 pm

        Canada got $8,000 per person , most unemployment like me a single mother not even receiving child support because of the situation and not being able to register for unemployment because of a faulty system is left floating helpless hearing comments like the ones from Rubio or Scott that the unwmy do not want to work but we so have a vote.I am ashamed of having a Cuban American like Marco Rubio in office, his father was a bartender and mother a housekeeper he forgot his roots and both parents would of been unemployed..shame on him

    • Ozzinc

      April 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Marco doodeyo is a scumbag

    • Patrick

      April 30, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Maybe they should raise the minimum wage. Effen loosers. And Rick Scott needs to sit down and shut up. He made the UI system to fail on purpose. Get everyone paid first. Idiots.

      • Jeff

        April 30, 2020 at 1:58 pm

        My Comment Goes Directly to the Author of This B.S. ” I Dont Know if Anyone Else Caught You Dog Whistle But I Did,Its Not a Dole out You Fucking Douch, Floridians Worked For it,And If Florida Didn’t Pay Such Shit Wages This Argument Wouldn’t Happen, I’m sure Your in Lock Step With these Useless Minions, and a Trump Bootlicker Yourself..Fuck Straight Off!🖕🖕🖕🏴‍☠️🇵🇷


        April 30, 2020 at 4:16 pm

        There’s an easy, and obvious solution to these two criminal politicians heartless whining!
        PAY ALL OF THE WORKERS A REAL LIVING WAGE! Something that should have been done here decades ago!
        These are two of the corrupt Trump-McConnel gang in the Senate who failed to remove Trump from office.
        Look what a different response there would have been in this pandemic!
        The G.O.P. has the blood of 60,000 on their hands!

      • Gail

        April 30, 2020 at 9:45 pm

        How can we certify we can work if we cant even log in to the unemplyment site? Cant reach anyone by phone,agency phone # dont work,email isnt answered,chat doesnt work.No checks,no deposits.Cant update any info on applications.How do these politicians come up with these nonsense statements!

    • Josh

      April 30, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Florida has denied my claim, then changed their mind and approved it. Approved it for 125$ a week. Floridians are eligible for up to 275$. How is this too much money. My pandemic assistance is 125 a week, not 600. Florida is stealing every bit they can and giving no shits about it. Try ever collecting another penny from me Florida. Good luck

      • John Hiton

        May 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm

        Same mine is only 125$ (however yet to recieve any money). also I started the application on march 29, took a month to get approved for PUA and they stamped the pua app a month later so they are purposely taking a full month away from all of us. We can not even apply to PUA until we wait to be inelgible for the regular unemployment. Seems very much designed like that. Still I pray help comes sooner or later.

    • Patrick Bourke

      April 30, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Give me a freaki break! Rick scott is a f###in millionare and marco rubio is not exactly starving to death! These two are so out of touch this is a typical Republican Outlook of working Americans it’s a freaking joke how dare you guys have the nerve to complain how about you let this whole thing get done then you can worry about is people are still hanging on to unemployment the extra $600 is not permanent it’s a joke under normal circumstances and Scott is the one that totally trashed the unemployment system to begin with that Ron DeSantis got left with which In fairness to him is a bunch of crap! This kind of crap is why I cannot stand Republicans you guys are not a representative for all Floridians just the Richie Rich ones you guys should be ashamed of yourselves when the $600 goes away people definitely get back to work although for you to think that they’re just every single person is being lazy is absolutely ridiculous!! By the way I can’t stand I can’t stand I can’t stand politicians in general they’re all out for themselves! that’s why I’ve been a registered independent for like 15 years

    • Catherine Lecas

      May 1, 2020 at 9:39 am


      • Deborah Weaver

        May 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm

        Completely agree with this comment. FL is not distributing the $600 that they have received from the FEDs. They are sitting on the money and it is earning interest so they can spend 120 million on “improving” the system which is as bad as it ever was! We need a good attorney to file a class action suit!

        • Ela

          May 4, 2020 at 4:06 pm

          People ARE getting 600 extra!
          And it is the truth that people don’t want to go back!
          I just spoke with my boss and he said it. I guess some of us have to fill the need and not make much while the lazy suckers drain the system again!

          • Robin

            May 4, 2020 at 4:24 pm

            Because your boss says so it must be true. Keep drinking the foolaid. Most people haven’t received a dime from unemployment in Florida and that is why it’s being talked about.

        • Ann White

          May 5, 2020 at 1:25 am

          I concur! Where is the class action suit?

    • Steve Mason

      May 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Scott the or,one of the biggest thieves in Florida,next to trumpy now to.and now along comes little Rubio another fool,thinks 275 dollars a week is liveable. What’s the matter Trump monkeys afraid you won’t be able to brag about Florida being being the cheapest state in the country? Pay more you assholes.

    • Dawn

      May 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      Exactly why don’t he go apply and catch the dam virus ! It’s not people don’t want to work ! He is such a dumb ass ! People don’t want to get sick and possible get there families sick ! If he is so worried about the jobs he needs to apply !

    • Donald Hill

      May 9, 2020 at 4:17 am

      First of all Scott And Rubio are not unemployed so they don’t care the people did not asked to be unemployed The so called Covic19 cause this unemployment because I’ve been working all my life like others have. So to say the people don’t want to work is ubsurb that’s tax money anyways tax payers money. Trillions are spent on arms but the people need help just pay the unemployment.

    • Joe Galvan

      May 10, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      Rubio & Scott talking out their Ass’ again!

    • Charles

      May 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      Have those clowns ever worked for a living?No complaints handing out billions of dollars to their handlers

  • Patti Lynn

    April 29, 2020 at 11:48 am

    How far removed from the real world are these two?
    We must remember their “support” in 2022 & 2024 !!

    • Marlene

      May 1, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Working for 25ys as a server..First time filing unemployment in my life is a real nightmare..These guys are real idiots to say that people donot want to go back to work because of the extra$600 it’s for a limited time only .I was making more than $875 per wk .thanks very much.I love to work .There are people out here that loves to work also..We all need to get together and show Love and stop hating. God is good our lives have been spared .

  • Jeffrey Sutton

    April 29, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Oh no we must help employers be able to pay less than a living wage.

    • John Decamp

      April 29, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      These two a holes are going to loose elections for Trump…

      • Patrick Bourke

        April 30, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        Give me a freaki break! Rick scott is a f###in millionare and marco rubio is not exactly starving to death! These two are so out of touch this is a typical Republican Outlook of working Americans it’s a freaking joke how dare you guys have the nerve to complain how about you let this whole thing get done then you can worry about is people are still hanging on to unemployment the extra $600 is not permanent it’s a joke under normal circumstances and Scott is the one that totally trashed the unemployment system to begin with that Ron DeSantis got left with which In fairness to him is a bunch of crap! This kind of crap is why I cannot stand Republicans you guys are not a representative for all Floridians just the Richie Rich ones you guys should be ashamed of yourselves when the $600 goes away people definitely get back to work although for you to think that they’re just every single person is being lazy is absolutely ridiculous!! By the way I can’t stand I can’t stand I can’t stand politicians in general they’re all out for themselves! that’s why I’ve been a registered independent for like 15 years by the way? Walmart and other companies AR deliberately getting around paying the extra living wage money by automatically decreasing people’s hours so even if you get a living wage you have less hours and you don’t even make as much as you did it minimum wage with full-time hours try that one on for size and I know this cuz people are definitely let me know this that work in Walmart

  • EverythingIsPolitical

    April 29, 2020 at 11:53 am

    The headline is misleading, as most headlines that want to bash Republicans. If one were to just look at the headline, (which unfortunately, many do), it sounds like Rubio and Scott are heartless.

    When you read further into the article, what they were saying is that a mistake was made in this “temporary” worker assistance package. Instead of making people whole, they are getting more money to stay home, than to go back to work. That gives people the incentive to “stay home,” rather than go back to work.

    To make matters worse, the writer adds his own opinion, that the money they get to stay home is a “living wage.” That language is exactly what the far left Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and many other Socialist/Democrats want to sell to the rest of us.

    The result of this “overpayment” by the government, is that many workers will prefer to stay home, at least until the government largess stops.

    What happens when they go back to work, at the pay that they got before this virus crisis? Who knows.

    But, it is interesting to note, that the writer of this article, who is described as a “correspondent,” is more of a political pundit, than a news reporter.

    • Patti Lynn

      April 29, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Perhaps YOU are not a working person, I don’t know. But, with the Federal Incentive PLUS the paltry Florida Unemployment compensation, it is barely a living wage. People CANNOT go out and seek employment now, COVID-19 restricts their activities. TWELVE weeks, that’s all Florida gives. It is MORE than half gone now, and people haven’t received a penny.
      Their remarks are HEARTLESS, as is YOUR response, trying to cover FOR WHAT THEY SAID !!!

    • Natalie

      April 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      You are literally part of the problem. Try using your name next time you keyboard nazi.

    • Truth Speaker

      April 29, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Actually the article is fact. What is misleading are the two elitist liars Scott & Rubio who are in it for their own gain. The liars who condone the lies are no better.
      People can’t survive in Florida because the salaries don’t meet the cost of living. Extra $600 aside, Florida has one of the lowest unemployment compensation amounts in the USA. Who can live on $275 a week for a few weeks, which turns out to about $940 a month after taxes? Who can live on a full time job that doesn’t pay more than $12 an hour if you’re that lucky?

      Did you and your “Anti-Socialism” friends accept your government handout or did you turn it back saying you didn’t want it? Most of you crybabies accepted it like vultures waiting for your next meal.

      And if you think Democrats are the only one who oppose the FOS Senators, you’re sadly mistaken
      Please, keep your sanctimonious drivel for those who believe you. Anyone with common sense doesn’t.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      But 2 giant budget busting tax cuts weighted to the wealthy and corporations was OK? You loved them both, and claimed they’d pay for themselves. They didn’t. They never do. The only thing they do is repay your donors. Look at the deficit record back to Reagan. So now, instead of trickle down, we have trickle up, since virtually every cent of unemployment compensation will be pumped back into the economy as rent or mortgage payments, groceries or other living expenses. And unlike the weighted tax cuts (even Marco complained about the resulting share buybacks), this is actually an emergency.

    • Mark

      April 30, 2020 at 8:46 am

      EVERYTHINGISPOLITICAL Beautifully written thanks for talking about the subject vs bashing the people.

    • John

      April 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      I really take exception to this posting. I was furloughed at the end of March. I do make more than $600 + $275 a week working full time for a major employer. I put in typically about 50 hours a week. My benefits claim is still “Pending” and I like so many others haven’t gotten a penny of those benefits yet.

      You want to be political? On the other hand, a very well-heeled friend of mine and who has a real estate license and who will dabble with a transaction every couple of years and who never worked a steady job is going to attempt to get at least the $600. Joke is she is a devout Republican who voted for DeSantis, Scott, Rubio and Trump and think they’re all doing a sensational job.

    • Heather

      April 30, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      You cannot continue to collect benefits if your job is offered. The MAX from the state is $275 and that’s not guaranteed. If say a server goes back to work where only 25% occupancy is allowed how are they to make a LIVING WAGE? Because now they are ineligible for benefits.
      It couldn’t have anything to do with the state now being happy to hand out federal funds but not raid the state coffers and complain about a person who makes minimum wage not wanting to risk their lives to make LESS???
      Where is the logic in that? Or the humanity for that matter

    • Robin

      April 30, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      People can’t go back to work in Miami, West Palm, and Broward counties. Thats the most populated area of the state!! And most people haven’t seen a dime of the unemployment money so how are they making more staying home? We aren’t making a penny!! These two arse holes need to be voted out. And all the crackers and Cubans that voted for them should move somewhere else. So sick of these idiots in Florida that have no brains that get to keep these jerks in office.

    • Ronnie

      May 1, 2020 at 7:59 am

      NO ACTUALLY WE HEARD WHAT THEY SAID…The article is not mistaken what they are saying and if this is how they feel then I’m sure they both voted against it…The Max amount anyone will get in Florida will be $875 FOR THOSE THAT HAD A JOB OR ARE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF VIRUS…They need to stop making it sound like every lazy ass in Florida will be getting rich of a the generosity of our compassionate caring also struggling politicians in Washington….So if this is such a huge windfall for everyone I suggest everyone in government live off the same….As for Rick Scott instead of worrying about a couple of months of lazy people getting RICH maybe he could start with paying the taxpayers back for the DISGUSTING RIDICULOUS UNEMPLOYMENT SITE he paid to have in Florida…That would be a great start for the state….BUT THAT IS WHY HE IS FOCUSING ON THE LAZY PEOPLE…

  • Natalie

    April 29, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    “A lot of people are having trouble re-hiring workers because the workers are saying to them ‘I’m making more on unemployment,’” Rubio said.

    I’ve been trying to call all of Rubio’s offices today but haven’t been able to get in contact with anyone.

    This is why people kill themselves. This is why people are having mental health issues. Rubio, Scott and DeSantis do not know what it feels like to lose your income and your benefits. They are the ones with no incentive to do their jobs. They are the ones that should lose their pay until something changes. People are killing themselves and Rubio and Scott have the audacity to say people aren’t going back to work. Scott spent $77 million on CONNECT – DeSantis another 100 million just to get it to where it is today- A COMPLETE MESS. They are all still collecting checks but have the audacity to not want their states citizens to have access to funds? And then people wonder why blowing your brain out sounds better than spending another year on this earth with this kind of “leadership”.

    • Patti Lynn

      April 29, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      PLEASE REMEMBER THEM IN 2022 & 2024. We CANNOT re-elect either of them!!!

      • Ozzinc

        April 30, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        I will remember both of those scumbags when there time is ☝

  • Frankie N.a.

    April 29, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Somebody kick your dog & steal your bike? Do you need a hug? AG is the hardest working man in the business. Attacking the messenger isn’t gonna make employers pay a living wage.

    Scott is trying to justify his pittance of $275 week unemployment benefit. He would lead the mouthbreathers to think he’s dispensing tough love when nothing could be further from the truth. Also no accountability from the website debacle that occurred under his watch. The same system that was designed to fail to keep unemployment numbers down. Sounds like Scott is getting a dose of his own medicine and he doesn’t like the taste. And I’m here front and center laughing my head off.

  • Jim Donelon

    April 29, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Remember these TWO MORONS voted for this and now are complaining that the working men and women of Florida are getting “too much”.

    Did Scott get “too much” when he stole millions and millions from the Medicare program?

    Yet, the fools of Florida voted for these two creeps – but will they again?????

  • Lois

    April 29, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    4 statements/questions

    1. So Florida is the only state that is dealing with this issue, alleged issue?
    2. No one is making $1000 a week. They actually need to Get a grip on the real number. The most any single person could make would be maximum UI of $275 and federal $ 600 and that’s with no taxes taken out..that is a total of $875..13% error margin with their comment. And I’m not sure what percentage of individuals are actually maxing out because hourly individuals definitely would not be.
    3. So why is there not a system in place, in which an employer has to connect with DOE to state they have requested this employee to come back to work but they have denied acceptance. Employer should have it in a documented so when the employee refuses to come back then the state is notified. Very simple, cross check and reference when an employer has reopened and an employee has declined.
    4. Why don’t you go onto the Facebook page, Florida unemployment individuals which is now up to over 4000 members. Read about how many individuals have not even seen one UI payment or $600 federal payment in four weeks. These two are complaining about a system that isn’t even working in its present state

    Stop whining like babies and come up with a solution!!!
    Rick Scott, you’re trying to defuse the real issue at hand. You left the state with a broken system and you’re trying to save face and keep your position. Unfortunately the state is probably going to vote blue across the board next time around. You never publicly acknowledged, that it might’ve been an error with the system.

    You do understand that none of you have come forward at the federal level, to try to rectify or even publicly make acknowledgments that we understand what everybody’s going through. You live in these castles made of gold.

    Neither of you have Attempted to make yourself available to all media channels, to show some empathy and sympathy for
    what many have been going through regarding a broken system. You have hidden and instead want to point fingers.

    I think the state will turn blue these next elections

  • Carol Hurley

    April 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    The worst part is that the Republicans and their donors are forcing people back to work before it is safe, with no concern whatsoever for their well being. They only care about their big companies and losing money. You see it happening in all the states with Republican governors. Republicans: “Back to work slaves!!”

  • Heather Cook

    April 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    We the hard working Floridians that have not ever received a day of unemployment and are W2 workers have been marked ineligible, but have lost our jobs due to this pandemic…. are LAZY?? We have families and bills to take care of with NO way to do it!! Y’all are a JOKE!! Guess what I am a REPUBLICAN and voted for both of you to be in office but when this is over and election time comes up you bet a thousand dollars I will not be voting for you again!!! Over it!! And the little action for our representatives that are supposed to be working for the people.

    • Dave C

      April 30, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      @Heather Cook If you are indeed a REPUBLICAN, I have to ask why? Does Scott and Rubio’s attitudes surprise you? This is not new due to a pandemic. It is the typical Republican stance. They have been pushing Trickle Down Economics for 40 years. Don’t help the bottom… give those already on the top more and it will trickle down to those on the bottom. Total BS, but only possible as an idea, because so many people on the bottom vote Republican. Apparently you were/are one of them. The logic they push is, if you are poor, it is due to your own laziness not your circumstance. There is some truth to this, but there are also a lot of good people who need help and not a system that is working against them. Now that Covid-19 has suddenly cast you into this lot as well, you are appalled by their behavior. It was always there, difference is, it now affects YOU and that has got you riled up. It is defined as lack of empathy. It is the defining characteristic of the typical Republican voter…. ‘if it does not affect me or people in my immediate circle, it is not worth one cent of my tax money!’

      The cure ? Not boycotting just Scott and Rubio.

      Boycott the Republican Party !

  • Keith watkins

    April 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    They are out of touch with the ppl on the ground, we need representatives that represent us, not their “special interest” the only way to change this is they voting, that’s the only things these ppl listen to, 275 A week will not help any adult a 17 year old kid makes that how can u give that to a full on adult..smh

  • Glenn

    April 29, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    They both just ruined their political careers!

  • Renee Fernandez

    April 29, 2020 at 4:25 pm


  • Stephanie

    April 29, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    I’m sure there are those who are taking advantage there always is, but I’m also sure that is not true for most I waited until a couple of weeks ago before applying, because as the weeks roll on, I became concerned about paying my bills. I’m thankful I had a little savings, and the stimulus check, but that is not going to last much longer, and I don’t know when my business will pick back up again after the State reopens as my service relies on travelers. Everyone’s situation is different and to lump everyone into such a statement is disrespectful to those who voted for you and have paid into unemployment for years. I have been looking for a job and have not found one, I’m sure there are jobs out there,I will continue to search, but there is also a hell of a lot of people out if work! Who knows when business will return to normal even after the State opens, people are concerned!!

  • Anna R

    April 29, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Our kids are “out of school”.All daycares are closed!!!!!
    How are we supposed to return to work???????

  • Beth Fricker

    April 29, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Nobody’s getting paid! I filed 4 weeks ago and still nothing and Monday for no reason was labeled ineligible! Myself and 50,000 other people!

  • Tina

    April 29, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    who would want to work receiving 600.00 a week & unemployment?! They’ll make more money in one month than I do in 2 months. I’m an essential employee, working in customer service! Neighbor worked 20 hours a week at a bar/restaurant, just got his second 600.00 check, but no unemployment check yet, do you think he cares? Heck no! Another lady, same situation. I sit here working my but off making sure everyone has their magazine subscriptions because that’s “essential”. I would love some paid time off & make more than I do now!

  • James Dudley

    April 29, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    You both are edits the unemployed need this money because you Scott brought in a system set to fail and provided the lowest une.oloyment benefit un the country so shut your piehole and stay at home with your millionaire wifey

  • M. Lee

    April 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Crooks and Liars

  • Ann

    April 30, 2020 at 2:43 am

    What is even sadder is that it’s still more than what teachers make on a regular basis. It is not a living wage and now everyone can attest to it! Hopefully you can all relate to how teachers must make it and help their classes. Rubio and Scott need to live within the means of the the wages they find alright for their constituents. The Coronavirus has brought out a lot of indignities that need to be corrected in our society. Nurses and those on our frontline need to be given a live able wage. The disparity between the have and the have nots need to be changed.

  • Jim

    April 30, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Once the emergency is over, then yes the unemployment bonus ($600.00) needs to be halted within a month ( to allow people to get back to work or find jobs ) as if it doesn’t there are many people out there that will just remain on unemployment rather than work when instead of making $400 .00 a week working, they are making $800.00+ for not working. Do the math .

  • Alta

    April 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Ever consider that they don’t trust what they’re being told, and as a result,don’t feel safe going back to work?

  • Lisa

    April 30, 2020 at 9:24 am

    I can’t believe he said that. I had applied for at least 50 jobs since I was unemployed due to COVID-19. Most places decided they are in hiring freeze even though they posted job openings online. I can’t believe we elected selfish individuals which we thought would help us in times of struggle. As soon as I get back on feet, I move out of this state.

  • Dad Paul

    April 30, 2020 at 9:50 am

    They’ve both had everything in their lives either handed to them or they’ve stolen it. NOT a single honest days work between the two of them.

  • Stephanie Mendez

    April 30, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Yes we are LOVING living on $275 a week. We are super comfortable and have all we need and some. REALLY? They probably spend more than that in a day. Of course people want to work.

  • Dr. Cynthia White

    April 30, 2020 at 10:43 am

    When Scott ran for governor of Florida, he was a well known crook then who literally stole over 300 million via Medicare fraud. He lied his way out of it and went on to implement policies that set Florida behind 200 years. He deliberately doctored Workers Comp so pretty much no one would qualify and those that did got one of the lowest rates in the country and for the shortest length of time. He and his circus clown friend Rubio have a day of reckoning coming. You will not label Floridians as lazy do nothings and get reelected. We promise you will not misrepresent us again.

  • Miriam Velez

    April 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Me personally am not every one I rather be at work than have to deal with this huge mess Mr Rick Scott has done with this unemployment . And you have the nerve to talk all this B.S PLEASE

  • John

    April 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    So dumb and dumber think the typical worker who is displaced can cover rent, car payment, car insurance, utilities and food all on $275 a week? Not including any other debts they may have. Have these two idiots thought about who will rent the apartments people are evicted from if they can’t pay their rent? Who will purchase the cars that would get repossessed if payments aren’t made? How can jobs be applied for if internet and phones are cut off for non-payment? Sounds like landlords, banks and big business would be the real losers based on their illogical philosophy.

  • labman57

    April 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    GOP’s ongoing message to America:
    Profits trump people!

  • Mary

    April 30, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Do either of these “men” know that unemployment maxes out at $275 a week? Are either of these “men” willing to live on $275 a week? Do either of these “men” know this amount is less than minimum wage ?

  • Sher

    April 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    The $600 unemployment per week through the CARES ACT is through July 2020. It does not go on forever and ever. In response to all of the negative attacks towards unemployed in the state of Florida. My sister is one of them, she has been furloughed since March 27th and has not received one single dime. Her regular job pays more than unemployment and the added $600. Attacking each other is not going to help and it is what politicians want, for the public to turn on each other so they turn away from them. The best you can do is vote for change at all levels of government. I think we have forgotten that as a country we have a lot of power if we can just get together and see it that way. Nobody is getting rich being unemployed, especially in the state of Florida and it is a temporary fix to a problem that will be in place once all restrictions are lifted.

  • Jim McKinney

    April 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Maybe we should be paying a living wage in Florida. That seems like it would solve most of the problem. I doubt many people are not anxious to get back to work.

    Some may also fear we are opening businesses too early without proper protection provided by their employers. Some real numbers and a little research would help.

  • Jason

    April 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    He must’ve forgot there’s global pandemic. Staying HOME helps to stop the spread of Covid-19. Sorry, but my life is more important than my job at the current moment. Besides, the federal PUA inly lasts till July and Florida’s unemployment is pretty much wortless.

  • Ron

    April 30, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I choose to work In a healthy environment. I do not choose to work in the middle of a pandamic, exposing myself or my loved ones to a deadly virus. I do not choose my and my family’s health over making someone else wealthy so his or her lifestyle of relaxing on a boat and complaining that their latest fascination of leasure is propped up by the hard work i and others would be doing.

    Until Sars-2 phase II vaccine comes online or the virus is eradicated.
    I choose my and my family’s liberty and health to the alternative.

    Already has the state suppressed the available testing. Already has the state suppressed the death totals. Already has the state ready to expose more people to this plegue of lies that sars-2 is under control and business as usual.

    I paid into unemployment through my hard work. I am qualified and have been qualified for the Pandamic assistance because the sars-2 is and has been active in my local community with new cases daily as well as has been since the federal government voted.

    The real issue is not willingness to work. The issue a separation of humanity on a grotesque level by people who only care about wealth and their benefits.

  • Dbokros

    May 1, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Someone should remind the Senators that we don’t want people out and about just yet. If some would prefer to stay on unemployment for a time because they would make less at work, doesn’t that serve the greater good…keeping people at home and not spreading the virus? Oh, I forget that to these two miscreants the flow of money, especially into their pockets, means infinitely more than the public well-being. They are also more converned about the calls from their rich supporters complaining that they might have to fly coach on their next bussiness trip…..jesus, I mean, can you imagine how uncomfortable that would he?😄

  • Callie simmons

    May 1, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Just remember these are hard working tax payers most have worked for years paying into the system $600 is nothing compared to what some Americans have paid in taxes all their lives

  • Chris

    May 1, 2020 at 9:24 am

    This is not the time to whip the poor corporate slaves!

    Shut your mouth LAST TERM! assholes!! and SEND ME SOME OF THAT PIE IN THE SKY $600!!

    Why can’t somebody get off there ass and send me my BIG $78? That’s what my claim says I’m entitled to for Covid-19 Care act, although I’m a ride share driver I don’t get state $$ ZERO! I guess the rest goes to the State? Anybody know how it’s not $600??

    Does that $522 difference go to the state as a finder fee or skim to the crooked senator’s ???

    Little Marco & Bonehead Scott

    Transparency is NOT Happening to the unemployed. Shame on you Governor Desantos you suck TOO!!!

    See ya next election- Us FatCats will remember this shit!


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  • Angelita

    May 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Los dos tanto el Rubio como Scott son unos idiotas, aun no abren el estado para empezar a trabajar y ya estan diciendo que no queremos trabajar, no quieren que le den ningun beneficio a la clase trabajadora, que nos mantengamos en la miseria, eso es lo que a ellos dos le gusta estar en contra de todo, quitemosle a los dos sus tarjetas de credito y todo acceso a sus cuentas bancarias, a ver si van a vivir del aire si comeran de lo que regalan de comida (“gracias a los centros de ayuda de comida muchos han podido comer”), les puedo asegurar que seran los primeros que protestarian contra el gobierno…Primero nosotros no pedimos una Pandemia, si los gobiernos y o paises dejaran de experimentar en los laboratorios esto no pasaria, siempre buscando como afectar a otros paises con guerras bacteriologicas y quienes pagamos somos nosotros el pueblo… y aun dos idiotas se atreven a decir que es mucho dinero lo que nos dan en el desempleo, cuando a muchos aun ni siquiera le han pagado ni un dollar y a otros solo le han pagado una semana, informensen bien Rubio y Scott antes de hablar. Este es el peor estado en el derecho de los empleados. Y ustedes saben donde el pueblo se desquitaran de sus palabras, el dia de elecciones.

  • David Grant

    May 2, 2020 at 9:26 am

    But what about people that made more? Also, I have not even received benefits yet, let alone the extra 600? Is Florida keeping that money? I think these are the questions reporters need to ask?

    • Robin

      May 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Who’s being paid more? First of all the maximum anyone can get is $875 a week. And that would be for the people that were making well over that to begin with when this shutdown started. Most people haven’t received a dime since the shutdown, myself included. The most populous area of Florida is still closed. Miami people have the highest cost of living in the state and can’t work. Palm Beach and Broward as well. Anyone that thinks people are living high off any of this $ are retarded. People haven’t even been paid!!!

  • Glauco Ortolano

    May 2, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Mr. Rubio, Mr. Scott and Mr. DeSantis need to understand that they are the only ones living full-time off the government to supposedly serve the people who elected them, and not to make very poor arbitrary judgement such as this. They are only doing a disservice to the great people of Florida who made the mistake of electing men of such low caliber and lack of empathy. I paid over $10,000 in taxes last year, which helps to pay their salary. But i return, I am only getting a very frustrating online system, created by Mr. Scott’s administration and neglected by Mr. DeSantis. Such system was created to deny benefits through artifices, and to withhold relief funds during the pandemics. I’m sure that should be categorized as a felony and these men should pay for it.I could not be more ashamed to have these three evil men as representatives of the people of my beautiful sunshine state. But mark my words, Mr. Rubio, Mr Scott and Mr DeSantis… what goes around, comes around, and next election I will make sure everyone remembers how you are treating us now.

  • Marilyn Dykes

    May 5, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I am not from Florida but hearing things he does never cared for him recently they mentioned a bill he was proposing and i said maybe he’s not such a douche bag and then here he goes with his stupidity and arrogance he needs to go also

  • Lynn

    May 7, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Maybe the ones who are benefiting from the extra $ need to be paid more. Neither one of these guys have a clue and need to go.

  • John

    May 7, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I have been out of work since 3/16 and applied for unemployment on 3/22. On 4/27 I found out I was deemed enligible even though I meet all the requirements. The reason why I have not looked for other employment is because I have a underlying heart condition and I don’t feel SAFE to work not because I’m getting a big check. The government needs to up it’s testing that way they can separate the ones that do have it from those who don’t. It’s not a hard of a concept but apparently it is for our government. We have over 1 million more cases than the next highest country. You think the rest of the world has some kind of secret for not having this virus run rampant in there countries? No it’s just common sense. The only reason I have survived this ordeal this long without the support of the government is because of the support of others. Make the work environment safe and then you will get the people to start working.

  • Bill

    May 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    So you mean people that have gone 8 plus weeks without getting a dime from this broken system would refuse guaranteed money from a job…must be hard to figure that out on your pedestal.

  • Antonia gargano

    May 8, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    It not people don’t want to go back to work cause of the monies from unemployment they are afraid of there lives and beside no one is getting there Mooney yet u you have some waiting from March 29, and still haven’t received any money yet so for you both to say we don’t want to go back to work let see how you would be when you can’t pay your rent , food or other bills what is your answer to that

  • Paul Gleason

    May 8, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    They can both kiss my hard working ass ! They made us stay home, they shut down our jobs ! Did they forget that this was not our choice ? On another note- how about these scum bag employers stop treating us like they are doing us a favor and pay us what we are worth instead of choosing who will do the work the cheapest. This whole government’s perspective needs an enema and that lying, stealing, cheat, Scott needs to go. We need to get these 2 out of off

  • Unemployed

    May 8, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I am not sure why these allegations again about people being lazy or those who are requesting their check or not lazy or people don’t want to work cuz they make more money in at home. I have applied and applied for jobs hospitals 150 applications Publix Walmart even the warehouse unloading loading trucks post office which the website goes up and down just like unemployment website I am still waiting for the cares act and unemployment. I have been looking for work risking also my low immune system. But I have to pay my bills my car my insurance my medical I have a service dog also. My rent my utilities my cable my phone and my phone is crucial especially and this pandemic but at times I have to let go of my phone. I’ve asked for help to refinance my my my SUV for lower payment suspended I’m not getting that feedback because I do not have extra income the income I get is very little right now very little I don’t need covers close to the rent that’s about it I’ve had two actual payday loans which puts me in debt. I’ve even applied for FBI I’ve applied for sheriff’s department courts city of Tampa I’ve applied on their website and when I went to the website again right after the pandemic start it more it was nothing on the website to apply for it says closed down. I know everything is opening slowly. I am a multitask employee. I’ve even tried to continue to create my small business that is on hold again. Well there’s more so let me go and continue to apply for more work I even sent an email to career Tampa Bay and they told me here are some of the facilities to help you. I’m still waiting for salvation army to help me with utilities I have to call back again in order to get some more help I have never thought or help with my rent which is fine it’s never late. I’ve been here seven years on my apartment I don’t want to get to that point of not having the funds to pay my rent if not then I just throw everything in storage and go back homeless again what my service dog. Oh did I not mention I am a surgical technologist non-certified. I need funds in order to continue so I can pay for my BLS I have my CPR certificate diploma I have my surgical tech diploma since 2005. I also need to take the CST test but my mind is worried can I concentrate because my bills my debt my bills need to get paid I don’t want my credit ruin I just finished fixing all my credit. And I do not want eviction I am trying to get my first home. And I am disabled permanent. So when these comments come out address the comments to those who do not want to work or really are lazy a lazy smart who knows. But address those who are struggling losing homes cars losing family because they don’t have enough to support each other and they got to go someplace else to work. Address those I just still cannot understand and maybe I do when we were supposed to receive our checks and apply for unemployment right away that’s what the government said that’s what unemployment said oh that’s what the governor said who knows the state. I don’t think they ever realized how many people were unemployed financial destruction. In my heart I believe this unemployment system computer it has been bad even from the beginning when a regular person lost their job and try to claim to have to fight fight fight and still be tonight and do appeals so this unemployment destruction system doesn’t work is nothing new. But I feel right now the rush of opening the rush of making sure everyone is back to work in certain increments I believe it is a way to not pay the unemployment money crisis covid-19that we have been waiting since losing our jobs are not getting hired the hiringfreeze. That unemployment money is being nitpicked nitpicking. So when the time comes that a lot of people are still unemployed and online you cannot assume that they are lazy or they make more money because they never or we never the unemployment money from the beginning in order to stay afloat. if there’s a problem with the unemployment funds and the system aren’t you just borrow the money that belongs to everybody that filed a claim pay down and deal with your own system problem have somebody else fix it on it Tech that’s really smart o Bill Gates knows about computer technical difficulties. I’m not being sassy I’m being honest. You need help this is a crisis get somebody with technology manpower reroute the funds a different way electronically.

  • Kay Will

    May 9, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    People are finally able to live working making $275 a week after taxes feeding child pay bills feeding more than one child car insurance phone rent property insurance repairs for your car repair to your home or the kids are home so much now toilet paper toothpaste having a regular job is not supplying the financial stability for families to live so I’m looking at this pandemic assistance for unemployment and saying wow we can actually afford to live a pay bills and not be broke

    • Mily

      May 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Marco Rubio hijito de mami y papi. Se ve que no has pasado nunca trabajo en tu vida. Cuando quisiste correr como presidente te quedaba muy grande el puesto. No eres mas que una marioneta de el exilio historico cubano. Al menos a esas personas las respeto mas que a ti. Eres un imbecil Marco Rubio. I wanna see you without the money and the Cuban exile propaganda behind you to see how you are going to be….probably like any of us waiting for an unemployment that is never going to arrive.

  • margarita marie

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  • Peter

    May 11, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Are you people really fucking serious??? There is not ONE STATE in the United States that would allow a person who is collecting unemployment to remain on unemployment if their employer called them back to work. Rubio and Scott are lying through their teeth and you morons are falling for it. Most people I know who are getting the extra $600/week are NOT spending it, they are putting it away for when their unemployment has run out since there are no guarantees on when most of us will go back to work. Rubio and Scott do not work and our taxes pay each of them $175k per year, every year they are in office. If someone is told their employer is opening back up, then the employee is required by law to go back to work. If they don’t, it is the employer’s responsibility to inform the state and the person will LOSE their unemployment. Gt your heads out of your asses people.

    • Barbara

      May 12, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Well said Peter! I have came to the conclusion many of us will never receive the Federal Unemployment Benefit 600.00 in the CARE ACT. We are still in lockdown in South Florida, my bill continue to climb. When we are able to go back to work it will take me two years to get bills caught up. All these new Republican running for office like Laura Loomer praising DeSantis on such a great job he is doing here in FL, I guess you have to suck up to the other GOP to get elected LOL. What DeSantis doesn’t get, is he can run around the state, holding press conferences opening up testing, giving us stats on the COVID-19, But his complete FAILURE on getting the needed benefit to the citizen in FL he will never get re elected. I will never vote for any of these people ever again. When I see Rick Scott, DeSantis or Rubio on the TV I just change the channel LOL they have all lose all respect as far as I am concerned.

  • Mr Schweikhard

    May 12, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    A working software system would have solved all the problems that these two baboons seem to loose sleep over. they only wish to benefit big business owners with the lowest UE tax rates. Again..not worried about their constituents. Maybe take lessons from a state that has software system that works. One that actually works to benefit the people! Oh yea the way , the other states unemployed residents ( because government forced a economic crash) have been receiving federal aid since 3/31. Most of us have not seen a dime of CARES Act aid, let alone the measly state $275. It has been 8 weeks now while Florida’s criminal DEO, designed not to pay state unemployment insurance to the hard working Florida Residents, has had their unemployment coffer grow by $17,000,000 million in interest while Floridians are evicted and cars repossessed.

    • Barbara

      May 12, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      RREPLY to Mr. Schweikhard this is political suicide and these men DeSantis, Rubio and Rick Scott live in a bubble and I believe have NO clue their careers are over.

  • Tom Combs

    May 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Well, they don’t work, so pot/kettle?

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