October 21, 2013 5:59 pm -

FL Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill To Ban Texting While DrivingWe wish we had written the first paragraph ourselves:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign theme may be “It’s Working,” but the state’s expensive new unemployment claims web site is definitely not.

Since it went live October 15, the new site Connect has been unable to recognize some claimants’ personal information, according to complaints lodged on the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity Facebook page.

And many of those unable to file new claims say their payments were already delayed this month after the site went offline for a week while the new $63-million site launched.

“It means groceries in my cabinet, it means maybe paying my water bill on Monday,” one claimant told WOKV News.

There is no official count of how many of Florida’s nearly 240,000 unemployment recipients may have been affected by Connect’s glitches.

Yet frustrated claimants reportedly lined up at local unemployment centers, where staff could only direct them to the state’s 1-800 help line, which in turn was either busy or hung up on them.

Governor Rick Scott’s Florida sure has a handle on their priorities! Looks like they got a real bargain for that $63 million – or not…

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.