Florida Republicans are trampling on the wishes of locals in a rush to consolidate power

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post Contributing columnist, May 24, 2021 When fighting Big Government, Republicans traditionally extol the virtue of going local: Let people decide what works best for their own communities. In Florida, where Latino-rich Miami sits a universe away from Pensacola’s Southern drawl, the argument often made sense. But that was yesterday. Today’s…

Florida plans to end extra jobless benefits next month

By Mike Schneider, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is joining a growing list of Republican-led states that plan to end participation in a federal program that gave an extra $300 per week in benefits to the unemployed during the pandemic. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Monday that the state will withdraw…