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Governor calls for changes to worker's compensation program

By Regan McCarthy

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Tallahassee, FL – The House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee is mulling over Florida Governor Rick's Scott's proposal for changing the state unemployment compensation system and workforce boards. Regan McCarthy has more.

One step in Governor Scott's plan is to "re-brand" unemployment programs to be re-employment programs. But Representative Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg says he worries the change doesn't do enough.

"I understand re-branding things, giving them new names and changing mindsets, but I'm worried about this being more fluff than substance."

Scott's proposal also includes a program loosely modeled after the Georgia works program. It includes a plan that allows workers to train or intern with employers to get needed work experience.