State of Florida Archives: on Jobs

Val Demings: Look at hiring standards, police should reflect diversity

[On police hiring]: "We, as lawmakers and as a nation, have an obligation to look at hiring standards, to demand that police departments reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and that as a nation we must look at developing some national training standards," she said, regardless of how large or small the law enforcement agency is.
Source: Spectrum News Bay News-9 on 2022 Florida Senate race Sep 22, 2020

Rick Scott: Designed unemployment system with maximum $275/week benefit

Privately, Republicans admit that the $77.9 million system is doing exactly what Scott designed it to do--lower the state's reported number of jobless claims after the great recession. "It's a sh-- sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott," said one DeSantis advisor. "It wasn't about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about."
Source: Politico blog on 2022 Florida Gubernatorial race Apr 3, 2020

Ron DeSantis: Oversaw unemployment system with maximum $275/week benefit

The new online [unemployment application] system was part of a series of changes designed to limit benefits. The ultimate goal--which it delivered on--was to lower unemployment taxes paid by Florida businesses. A 2011 analysis done by the Florida Legislature estimated that the changes pushed by Scott would save businesses more than $2.3 billion between 2011 and 2020.

Most of those who do submit applications won't qualify for aid, and the benefits that are paid out are among the most meager in the country--a maximum of $275 a week. "Everyone we talk to in that office when we ask them what happened tells us, 'the system was designed to fail,'" one DeSantis adviser said. "That's not a problem when unemployment is 2.8 percent, but it's a problem now. And no system we have can handle 25,000 people a day."

Source: Politico blog on 2022 Florida Gubernatorial race Apr 3, 2020

Ron DeSantis: No depressed wages for Floridians due to cheap foreign labor

Lower-income workers also shouldn't have their wages depressed by cheap foreign labor. Assuring a legal workforce through E-verify will be good for the rule of law, protect taxpayers, and place an upward pressure on the wages of Floridians who work in blue collar jobs. We are a state that has an economy, not the other way around. And we need to make sure that our Florida citizens from all walks of life come first.
Source: 2020 Florida State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Rocky De La Fuente: Create more jobs, and create higher paying jobs

According the United States Census Bureau, Florida's poverty rate is 16.5% as compared to the national average of 14.8%. The average annual income per capita here is $26,499 as compared to $28,555 nationally and our $47,212 median income trails the national average of $53,482. We not only need to create more jobs, we need to create higher paying jobs as well.
Source: review of 2016 Florida Senate race Dec 31, 2019

Andrew Gillum: Supports state $15 minimum wage

Q: Minimum Wage: Increase from $8.25/hour?

Ron DeSantis (R): No public statements found.

Andrew Gillum (D): Yes. Supports state $15 minimum wage.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Florida Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Philip Levine: For raising minimum wage; let local communities decide rate

To create a state where we all rise together, Philip believes it's time to raise the minimum wage in the state of Florida. It's something he did as Mayor of Miami Beach, as the first city in the state to institute a minimum living wage. As Governor, Philip will fight to raise the minimum wage past $8.25 and let local communities decide what works best for them.
Source: 2018 Florida Governor campaign website Oct 9, 2018

Andrew Gillum: Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Strongly Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Florida Governor candidate Jun 15, 2018

Edward Janowski: No affirmative action; no quotas

Q: Do you support legally requiring hiring more women/minorities?

A: I strongly oppose. We should look more into testing applicants and hiring those that are best qualified. Leaving ethnic background and gender out of the equation for hiring. I also be

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Florida Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Val Demings: Retain good-paying jobs offering livable wages

Create Good-Paying Jobs: As the daughter of a maid and a janitor, Val knows how important it is to have jobs offering livable wages in our community. She is committed to promoting policies designed to create and retain good-paying jobs in our changing global economy, and investing in technology training and STEM education for our workforce.
Source: 2016 Florida House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Rick Scott: State should support early-stage businesses to create jobs

Cutting taxes alone will not be enough to diversify our economy and allow Florida to become first for jobs. That is why we are asking for your support to reform our business incentive process at Enterprise Florida to create the new Florida Enterprise Fund. The creation of this new $250 million dedicated trust fund will help us diversify Florida's economy, support small business, and become the number one place in the world for families to get a good paying job.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Florida legislature Jan 12, 2016

Gwen Graham: Raise the minimum wage; ensure paid sick time

After traveling this district and meeting families who are struggling, I know how tough things still are. A dollar doesn't go as far as it used to, and the reckless politics of those in Washington are taking money out of the pockets of middle class families. Congress can take commonsense steps now to help strengthen the financial stability of North Florida's middle class families, like:
Source: 2014 Florida House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Rick Scott: Opposed increasing the minimum wage

For the roughly 7 percent of voters who remain undecided there were plenty of clear differences to consider:
Source: Miami Herald on 2014 Florida Gubernatorial debate Oct 15, 2014

Rick Scott: FactCheck: Yes, unemployment up; but stimulus has helped

Scott often talks about job growth that happens under his watch and takes credit for it: "The four years before I became governor, the state had lost 825,000 jobs. Unemployment had gone from 3.5% to 11.1%. We incurred another $5.2 billion, I think, worth of debt," Scott said in December 2012.

Scott got his numbers right but missed the mark for implying the state's recession was the result of poor handling by Crist. Experts told us Florida's economy tanked largely as a result of the housing market crisis, which included a tornado of issues over which Crist had little to no control. We rated his claim Half True.

During his first campaign, Scott stated that the "stimulus has not created one private sector job." But we found thousands of Floridians employed because of stimulus-funded programs--not to mention jobs for a company in which Scott owns stock. We rate Scott's statement "Pants on Fire!"

Source: Miami Herald FactCheck on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Mar 15, 2014

Charlie Crist: Minimum wage increase good; living wage better

Crist reminds readers that although the state is rebounding economically, the hard times are not quite over yet for everyone. Crist's op-ed is as follows:

"Right before Rick Scott was elected in 2010, he was asked about the minimum wage in Florida. He didn't know what it was. Then, when he found out that the people of our state were receiving a 6-cent increase in 2011, he said he was disappointed. I'm sure he'll be equally disappointed to read that despite his objections, the minimum wage in Florida will increase to $7.93 an hour on the first of the year.

"This is good news. Higher salaries mean more Floridians can provide for their families, buy more essentials, and also try to get ahead. And we should do more. Displaced workers and low-wage workers deserve to earn a living wage. Unfortunately, Rick Scott just doesn't seem to get it."

Source: SaintPetersBlog coverage of 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Dec 31, 2013

Rick Scott: High unemployment compensation deters job creation

Another government program with good intentions and potentially dangerous side-effects is our system of unemployment compensation. In times of high unemployment, the system provides a critical safety net. But its rising costs, which are borne by the very employers who are struggling to stay in business, threaten to create even more job losses. The costs of unemployment insurance cannot be allowed to deter job creation. By working with the legislature, we will bring those costs down.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Florida legislature Mar 8, 2011

Al Franken: 2005: Fined $25,000 for failing to insure workers

On Franken's miscues on tax payments, "Franken Faces Penalties for Lack of Workers' Insurance," screamed a Minneapolis Star Tribune headline on March 5. Franken owed a twenty-five thousand dollar penalty to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees of his corporation from 2002 to 2005.

News reports said the Workers' Compensation Board began sending notices to Franken as early as April 2005 after discovering that the insurance hadn't been paid for nearly three years. Penalty notices went unanswered and unpaid. The candidate for the working man wasn't paying his worker's comp insurance, the bloggers screeched. This man wants to be a senator?

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 71 Sep 16, 2010

Rick Scott: 7 Steps; 700,000 jobs; 7 years

The career politicians in Tallahassee have done little to jumpstart our economy. But then again, how can you get our economic wheels in motion when you've never balanced a budget, been forced to meet payroll, or created a job? Face it, if the career politicians knew how to get us out of this recession, they would have done it already.

That's why it's time for a conservative outsider with real-world business experience to take charge. I am the only candidate with a comprehensive plan that will get our fiscal house in order, balance the budget, & create long-term, good-paying jobs. The plan isn't complex. In fact, it's very simple. And it's common sense. I've created jobs in the private sector. As governor, these 7 steps will create 700,000 jobs in 7 years:

  1. Implement Accountability Budgeting
  2. Reduce Government Spending
  3. Enact Regulatory Reform
  4. Focus on Job Growth & Retention
  5. Invest in World Class State Universities
  6. Reduce Property Taxes
  7. Phase out the Business Income Tax
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, Aug 19, 2010

Jeff Greene: We have a jobs crisis, not a job problem

The action started with a question about how the candidates would draft legislation to create more jobs. Meek pushed for tax cuts for the middle class and high-speed rail, arguing building a railway will help create jobs in the state. "Transportation is a problem no matter where you live in Florida," added Meek.

"We have a jobs crisis," countered Greene. "It's not a job problem." The billionaire blamed elected officials, including Meek, for the record high unemployment in the state.

Source: 2010 Florida Dem. Primary Debate, in Sunshine State News Aug 11, 2010

Jeb Bush: Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs

In his 2006-2007 Budget Message he said that the "state's economy is one of the strongest in the nation, with rapid job growth and income growth providing its citizens with a wealth of economic opportunities." He cited the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and an "unprecedented" job creation rate.

While there was job growth during the Bush term of office it was smaller than in any gubernatorial administration since 1978. In addition, much of the job growth was the product of a growing population rather than the tax cuts the governor generated.

Most of the jobs created during the Bush administration were in the low-paying sectors of the economy. The state's 2004 median hourly wage ($13.10 per hour) was below the national average and the state had an unusually high percentage of very low-wage workers who earned wages at or below the federal minimum wage.

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p.109-10 Dec 11, 2009

Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut unemployment substantially, but not in half

Giuliani claimed: “When I became mayor the economy of NYC was in very, very bad shape--tremendous deficits, ten-and-a-half-percent unemployment, 300,000 jobs gone. We turned that around, cut unemployment by more than half, brought in 450,000 new jobs.”

Any way you look at it, though, Giuliani’s being misleading. In December 2001, his last month in office, the unadjusted rate was 7.5%, the same as the adjusted rate. There was just one month, May 2001, when the unadjusted rate fell to 5.0%, the only one during his tenure when he could claim to have cut unemployment “by more than half.” In our judgment, it’s deceptive for Giuliani to cherry-pick a month to compare to the rate in the month he was inaugurated.

Source: on 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Jeb Bush: Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs

In recent weeks, we have already taken bold steps to help restore our economy, launching programs like Operation Paycheck and passing an economic stimulus package aimed at creating more than 33,000 new construction jobs in this state. And I am pleased to say that these measures are working.

Over the long haul, we must restore the health of the businesses we already have and we must grow new businesses that diversify and strengthen our economic base. Chief among the new industries that will transform Florida are those that create high-tech jobs, from Florida's globally-recognized strengths such as the simulation, optics, and space technology fields to emerging new sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature Jan 22, 2002

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