|Published:||Feb 01, 2011 8:07 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 01, 2011 5:07 PM EST|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Legislation has been filed in Tallahassee to prohibit people receiving unemployment benefits from turning down jobs.
Some lawmakers say people are gaming the system to keep their benefits. However right now the state has no hard evidence of people gaming the unemployment system.
A house committee has ordered a study about the issue. But, none of the power players believes a significant number of people are ripping off the system.
Governor Rick Scott says, “My experience with people that are out of work, they’re looking for jobs.”
Senate President Mike Haridopolos agrees. “There might be a small few that are gaming it and that is what happens when you have a big government program. What I do know is this; there is one out of eight Floridians out of work right now and they want to work.”
Florida is barrowing 115 million dollars a month to pay the unemployed, and business taxes are tripling in an attempt to pay it back.
Legislation was filed Monday to purge the rolls of unemployed people not actively seeking jobs.
The bill requires people receiving unemployment pay to take any job after 12 weeks if the pay is equal or higher than their weekly 275 dollar unemployment checks.