As Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to wrestle with the state’s balky unemployment web site, Democrats proceed to pillory him.
The most recent provocation got here late Tuesday afternoon from caucus chief Audrey Gibson.
The Senator from Jacksonville launched the “Florida Unemployment Advantages Watch” in what a media launch known as “an effort to spice up transparency into an unemployment system fraught with delays and little accountability.”
Presently, almost 570,00zero Floridians are nonetheless ready for fee, with virtually two months having handed for the reason that State of Emergency was declared.
Questions on failures within the $77 million CONNECT web site have dogged DeSantis each at press conferences within the Capitol and media occasions all through the state.
“The engineers I talked to mentioned for that sort of cash, [the site] doesn’t match the invoice,” the Governor famous.
In media appearances all through the state, the Governor has laid the blame on those that got here earlier than him. Significantly scapegoated was Ken Lawson, the appointed head of the Division of Financial Alternative, whose stewardship of the unemployment system didn’t put together it for what has hit since March.
Regardless of the Governor’s makes an attempt to distinguish his administration’s work within the final two months to repair the location from earlier administrations, Democrats within the Senate and past proceed to push the narrative that the issue is the Governor’s to unravel.
Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, a Miami Democrat, accused the Governor of “deflecting, attempting to make it sound like he’s not answerable for the terrible system we have now post-2018 and particularly within the final two months.”
Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Shopper Providers, fired off a letter Monday, additionally to the Inspector Common, demanding an investigation of “potential mismanagement” of the unemployment system.
— to floridapolitics.com