Rather than finding real, practical solutions for fixing our unemployment crisis in Florida, several members of our state legislature and the business lobby would rather punish state residents desperately trying to find work. Florida State Senator Nancy Detert (R-Venice), has proposed a bill that would tighten unemployment eligibility that would, in effect, "make it easier for businesses to deny benefits and push laid-off workers to take lower-paying jobs after they have received 12 weeks of payments" (Source).

As if the proposed bill wasn't harsh enough on Florida's unemployed workers already, Detert went on to call the unemployed -- over 1 million Floridians across the state -- "slackers and malingerers."

So here's what you have to do: Submit your story.

Whether you are unemployed, your brother, sister, mother, or father is unemployed, or your neighbor, friend, or significant other is unemployed, we need you to tell us -- and tell Detert -- that it's NOT because we're lazy. Please, submit your story to us (in any format, video, audio, or written), and we'll pass it along to Detert. Just send your story to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Florida's unemployed residents are desperately struggling to find work. Collecting a maximum of $275 in taxable unemployment insurance is not a cake-walk, and not enough to pay for our mortgages, our groceries, and our utilities bills. Submitting job applications left and right does not guarantee us a job, when there is only one job available for every 25 unemployed workers. 1 million Floridians are not lazy, are not slacking, and are not gaming the system.

Just send your story to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Because it's not us -- it's them.

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