Rick Scott—a/k/a Gov. Devo—wants mandatory training for jobless benefits

Arthur Delaney
Rick Scott Wants Mandatory Training For Jobless Benefits
First Posted: 10/13/11 01:05 PM ET Updated: 10/13/11 01:30 PM ET

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s jobs agenda for 2012 aims to reduce burdensome regulations for businesses and to increase them for jobless workers seeking benefits.

“Rather than continue to simply pay out benefits for those out of work, Florida must focus its efforts on ensuring that it can offer the most able workforce in the nation,” says an outline of Scott’s proposal, which the Tea Party champ unveiled Wednesday. “Requiring training as a part of the benefits administration will help Florida lead the nation in creating new jobs.”

Earlier this year Scott signed legislation that will make Florida the stingiest state in America for people laid off through no fault of their own. Once the law takes full effect in January, jobless Floridians will be eligible for fewer and fewer weeks of benefits as the state’s unemployment rate goes down.

One part of the legislation, which took effect in August, has required unemployment claimants to participate in an “Initial Skills Review” for job search assistance. The review is an online test that includes reading and math questions. Claimants have to “complete” the test but not “pass,” according to an Agency for Workforce Innovation document.

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