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Florida seeks to boost unemployment benefits $300 a week

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Aug. 26 news conference in Orlando.
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Aug. 26 news conference in Orlando. (WPLG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is applying to participate in a new federal unemployment assistance program to boost benefits another $300 a week.

DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday during a roundtable discussion regarding theme parks, saying he’s applying to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance Program.

People currently receiving at least $100 in benefits and who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic can be eligible for another $300 a week. Once approved, benefits will be retroactive to Aug. 1.

The Lost Wages Assistance Program was created by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month.

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