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Florida may junk unemployment system, possibly boosting benefits

Mar 04, 2021 - Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

TALLAHASSEE - Florida lawmakers appear ready to junk the state's unemployment benefits system, CONNECT, over its failures to process payments at the height of the pandemic, but GOP leaders have rebuffed Democratic proposals to address other issues with the system that paid out paltry benefits even before the coronavirus hit.

That could be changing, at least in the Senate, where Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said he's open to increasing the payments. At the same time, a bill is...