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Anonymous guest discusses Florida's growing unemployment scandal listen

06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Unemployment, Florida, wmnf

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...

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Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment website take aim at Governor Rick Scott listen

03/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Unemployment, CONNECT, Lisa Montelione

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Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment claims website are taking aim at Governor Rick Scott and his connection to the private company contracted to operate the CONNECT site.

The website launched in October, but it is still not functioning correctly. Thousands of unemployment applicants have been locked out of the system.

We discussed this issue with three people: Army Reservist Albert Harris (who was unable to collect unemployment insurance compensation because of a glitch in the w...

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Kathleen Peters supports extension of unemployment benefits as Senate bill clears hurdle listen

01/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Kathleen Peters, David Jolly, Unemployment, jobs, Bill Young, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson John Boehner, Patty Murray

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A Pinellas County Republican hoping to join Congress this year, Kathleen Peters, released a statement supporting an extension in unemployment benefits Tuesday. Peters wrote “I am calling on Congress to stop this partisan gridlock and pass a three month reinstatement of unemployment benefits that is paid for in full.”

In polls, Peters is trailing lobbyist David Jolly in next Tuesday’s Republican Primary for the seat in Congress that’s open following the death of long-time U.S. Representativ...

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U.S. Secreaty of Labor Thomas Perez urges Congress to pass emergency unemployment extension listen

01/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Dean Heller, Jack Reed, Thomas Perez, Unemployment

Democrats have been pushing Washington lawmakers to extend emergency compensation to 1.3 million long-term unemployed people who lost their benefits last week. During a conference call Friday, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said he’s hopeful that a bi-partisan bill extending benefits for three months will pass when Congress reconvenes next week. The bill is sponsored by Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada. President Obama will also pres...

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State unemployment website glitches keep some Floridians from their only source of income listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Unemployment, labor, Rick Scott, Deloitte, Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity

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Glitches in Florida’s new unemployment compensation website have been keeping some people from receiving their only form of income. The CONNECT website launched in October, but still isn’t working up to par. Unemployed people like Susan McGrath say they can’t even get anyone on the phone to answer questions

“What happens is, they’ll say, ‘it’s a high-volume call period, please call back later.’”

McGrath had to wait to file a claim until the new website launched because the old one was ...

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Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry Says Education Spending at Record Levels; Discusses Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jobs

09/16/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up we’ll speak with the chair of the Florida Republican Party- Lenny Curry. In a series of press releases the Florida GOP has been touting Governor Rick Scott’s record and blasting potential challenger Charlie Crist for abandoning his formerly conservative positions.

We're joined now for a live interview by the chair of the Florida Republican Party Lenny Curry.

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Religious group demands help for impoverished Pinellas County residents listen

03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas County’s poor. During an action at downtown St. Pete’s Tropicana Field last night, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, asked elected officials to implement programs that would improve healthcare, housing, jobs and schools. Glad McCurtain is a member of FAST’s education committee.

“We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the ch...

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Faith-based group's efforts to reduce unemployment among people with records delayed again by St. Pete City Council listen

01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council members deferred a vote on an ordinance today that would require city contractors to hire Florida residents for certain jobs. The plan presented Thursday was met with opposition from people on both sides of the local hiring argument.

The politically-motivated coalition of religious groups, called Faith in Action for Strength Together, or FAST, wants a local hiring ordinance. But they want it to include a provision that would make contractors hire people with crimina...

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Religious coalition calls on Tampa City Council to reduce unemployment listen

04/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Members of a religious political action group in Hillsborough County called on Tampa City Council members Monday night to introduce ordinances that would boost employment rates in the area. The Hillsborough Organization for Prosperity and Equality (HOPE) proposed two measures for council members to consider at the Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tampa. One would require employers to delay background checks until after an interview. After seeing dozens of hands raise from the ...

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Economist Richard Wolff on the Economy

03/12/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Friday, the federal Labor Department reported that in February the nation’s unemployment rate remained flat---at 8.3 percent—it was the first time since last August that the jobless rate did not drop.

The economy added 227,000 jobs. With manufacturing adding 31,000 jobs and temporary employment rising with 45,000 jobs. The report also showed that December and January added 61,000 more jobs than originally estimated.

The report was positive news for the Obama administration,. Howe...

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