Florida residents reportedly filed a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Angry Americans are looking to reinstate the pandemic relief program that paid out an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits, Fox News reports.
The suit reads, “The unemployed of Florida need these benefits to pay basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, food and medicine.”
The attorneys include Gautier Kitchen, Marie Mattox and Scott Behren. They argued that DeSantis has violated their “clear legal and statutory duty to secure such benefits for employees” by prematurely ending the benefits.
The attorneys want to force Florida to reinstate the $300 a week benefit until the case is decided, as well as provide four weeks of retroactive benefits.
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Florida is one of 26 states – nearly all of which are led by Republican governors – that decided to prematurely end one of three federal unemployment programs that provided out-of-work Americans with an extra $300 a week, on top of their regular state benefits, and extended eligibility for contract workers as well as those who had exhausted their regular state benefits.
Unemployed residents in Indiana, Texas and Maryland also filed lawsuits against their respective states for the early termination of the program. State judges in Indiana and Maryland ruled the states must continue paying out the money to its jobless residents.
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The programs, which Congress created in March 2020 and voted twice to extend, are not slated to expire until Sept. 6, 2021. Roughly 4 million people will lose their jobless aid as a result of the new policies, according to one estimate from the left-leaning Century Foundation… GOP lawmakers have blamed the extra unemployment aid for anemic job growth in April and May, although economists have also cited a lack of child care and fears of contracting COVID-19 for the hiring shortage.
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Health care personnel will be obligated to take the drug. Rueters says this impacts more than 100,000 health care workers.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough decided to make the COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all VA health care personnel. This includes physicians, dentists, nurses and others who work in patient-facing roles. The agency says this is a “necessary step” to keep the veterans it serves “safe.”
Employees have eight weeks to comply and must be fully vaccinated. McDonough said, “We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep veterans safe, especially as the delta variant spreads across the country.”
“Whenever a veteran or a VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19,” he continued. “With this mandate, we can once again make – and keep – that fundamental promise.”